On Aggression

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1974 - Psychology - 306 pages
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This work has had significant impact on the social and biological sciences and is now a classic point of reference for investigations of behavioral patterns. Lorenz presents his findings on the mechanism of aggression and how animals control destructive drives in the interest of the species. Translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson. A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book
 

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Required reading in college. Basically a treatise on aggression and how it manifests itself in nature (and in us). Puts "militant enthusiasm" on the map for the first time and is therefore a ground ... Read full review

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The english translation of the german original Das Sogenannte Böse, Zur Naturgeschichte der Aggression, this book is a masterpiece. A brilliant essay on animal behaviour by an outstanding scientist, with deep insights into human nature and society. Outstanding! Read full review

Contents

One Prologue in the
3
Two Coral Fish in the Laboratory
12
Three What Aggression Is Good
23
Four The Spontaneity of Aggression
49
Five Habit Ritual and Magic
57
Six The Great Parliament of Instincts
85
Seven Behavioral Analogies to Morality
109
Ten Rats
157
Eleven The Bond
165
Twelve On the Virtue of Humility
220
Thirteen Ecce Homo
236
Fourteen Avowal of Optimism
275
Bibliography
301
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Konrad Lorenz (1903-1989), Austrian zoologist, played a leading part in the foundation of ethology, the study of animal behavior. Most of his work was done at the Max Planck Institute of Behavioral Psychology, in Seewiesen, Bavaria. Lorenz studied greylag geese and jackdaws in particular, and rediscovered the principle of imprinting (originally described by Douglas Spalding in the nineteenth century). In 1973, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, sharing it with two other important ethologists, Niko Tinbergen and Karl von Frisch. His books for lay readers include King Solomon's Ring", "Man Meets Dog", "Behind the Mirror", "Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins", and "The Year of the Greylag Goose".

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