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Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
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Mar 06, 10

bookshelves: own, read-more-than-once
Recommended for: Bob Bork
Read from February 20 to March 06, 2010, read count: 2

I probably wouldn't have picked up this book on my own. I was assigned it in college and hated it so much I never got beyond chapter 4 or so. (The margins of these early pages are so filled with embarrassing personal notes and stream of consciousness ramblings that I would be too embarrassed to sell it or give it away.) Whereupon it sat on a shelf until, lo all these years later, I decided to give it another shot.

If you're interested in the intersection between linguistics and philosophy, you ought to read this book. My 3-star rating is due to the fact that the first 20 or so chapters are (still) terminally, numbingly boring. They consist almost entirely of examples of metaphors. What Lakoff and Johnson are doing is laying the foundation for their argument (expounded upon in the last several chapters) that neither objectivism (as exemplified by classic rationalist and classic empiricist philosophy) nor subjectivism (as exemplified by romanticism) are up to the task of explaining meaning and that there is a third path to understanding truth - an experiential synthesis. We understand the world through our interaction with it. Metaphors do not merely describe reality, they structure it.
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02/20/2010 page 33
02/21/2010 page 61
25.21% "Deeply, tragically boring."
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message 1: by Susie (new)

Susie I read this in college! I got a recent book called I Never Metaphor I Didn't Like--looking forward to it.

Lobstergirl Ha. I remember not really liking this when I read it, but maybe I wasn't in the right frame of mind.

message 3: by Susie (new)

Susie Get it--looking forward, frame of mind? Metaphors!

Lobstergirl Ha, yep.

message 5: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Metaphors. I had a doctor once who pronounced the word metaphers. I loved him.

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