On aggression /
Konrad Lorenz ; translated by Marjorie Kerr Wilson.
San Diego, CA : Harcourt Brace, c1966.
xiv, 306 pages ; 21 cm.
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San Diego, CA : Harcourt Brace, c1966.
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"A Helen and Kurt Wolff book."
Translation of Das sogenannte Böse.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 301-306).
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In this remarkable study, Professor Lorenz, naturalist by profession and Darwinian by conviction, presents the results of his inquiry into the aggressive behavior of animals. And, in so doing, relates his findings to the complicated nature of man and modern society. By exploring each species on an ascending scale, he admirably demonstrates that aggressive tendencies are an essential part of the life-preserving process: i.e. the "intra-specific" or fights within a group which allows for a normal distribution of abilities comparable to the practical effect of having only the necessary number of doctors within a small town. He particularizes about animals whose behavioral patterns are most analogous to man's - the rat with its transmission of experience and the astonishingly comparable Greylag Goose whose norms of behavior, right down to the absurd details of falling in love, strife for ranking order, jealousy, grieving etc., are the same. But the author views man as perhaps less fortunate since we are in the dangerous position of too much, too soon, and nature's safeguards, the inhibiting mechanisms against aggression which generally accompany increased power among the lower orders, have not caught up with man's means for destruction. We lack this and/or adequate catharsis for our "essential" aggressive tendencies. But the author offers some intelligent solutions as the "hope that the long-sought missing link between animals and the really humane being is ourselves." Provocative, educational and genuinely readable.
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Main Description
First published in the 1960s, On Aggression has been the target of criticism and controversy ever since. It is not Lorenz's careful descriptions of animal behaviour that are contentious, but his extrapolations to the human world that have caused reverberations resulting in a statement adopted by UNESCO in 1989 and subsequently endorsed by the American Psychological Association that appears to condemn his work. But does On Aggression actually make the claims implicit in the Seville statement?In a new introduction by Professor Eric Salzen, the debate about Lorenz's work is set in its social and political context and his claims and those of his critics reassessed. Human aggression has not lessened since this seminal work first appeared and there are no convincing new solutions. On Aggression should be read by all new students and re-read by more experienced scholars so that the important evidence he presents from ethnology may be reappraised in the light of the most recent research.
Main Description
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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Using all kinds of animals as well as humans as examples, the author explores aggressive behavior.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Prologue in the Seap. 1
Coral Fish in the Laboratoryp. 9
What Aggression is Good Forp. 20
The Spontaneity of Aggressionp. 46
Habit, Ritual and Magicp. 54
The Great Parliament of Instinctsp. 82
Behavioural Analogies to Moralityp. 105
Anonymity of the Flockp. 134
Social Organization Without Lovep. 145
Ratsp. 152
The Bondp. 160
On the Virtue of Scientific Humilityp. 213
Ecce Homo!p. 228
Avowal of Optimismp. 266
Recommended Booksp. 291
Bibliographyp. 293
Indexp. 299
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