Metaphors We Live by

Metaphors We Live by

Book - 2003
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Metaphor, the authors explain, is a fundamental mechanism of mind, one that allows us to use what we know about our physical and social experience to provide understanding of countless other subjects. Because such metaphors structure our most basic understandings of our experience, they are "metaphors we live by" -- metaphors that can shape our perceptions and actions without our ever noticing them. --from publisher description.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2003
ISBN: 9780226468013
0226468011
9780226468372
0226468372
Branch Call Number: 401 LAKOFF
Characteristics: xiii, 276 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Johnson, Mark 1949-

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callig
Nov 05, 2018

Either its subtleties flew right over my head, or it's a tedious over-elaboration of the obvious. Yes, metaphors are snubbed by the lofty left-lobed thinkers, so it's nice that they're finally recognized as legitimate. But you could say that in a short essay. And what's the point of working out a taxonomy of metaphors. Language itself is symbol, ...this-is-like-that, and human stupidity is like a dark cloud.
Incidentally, it has been pointed out that if there is a transcendent Deity, part of the reason why we can't understand Him/Her/It, is that all language, all possible metaphors are from our world, hence misleading/inappropriate...
This is really a tome on the philosophy of linguistics, of meaning. If you like that sort of thing, go nuts, enjoy. I did enjoy the section on objectivism vs romanticism, but the bulk of the book seemed inane to me, intellectuals with too much time on their hands.
If they had a case, if they'd demonstrated the utility of their classifications with concrete examples... but they didn't.

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maroon_chicken
Sep 01, 2016

Very readable, but wordy— the first 70 pages or so are just defining the common use of a metaphor as a figure of speech.

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