The Resource The power of metaphor : examining its influence on social life, edited by Mark J. Landau, Michael D. Robinson, and Brian P. Meier, (electronic resource)

The power of metaphor : examining its influence on social life, edited by Mark J. Landau, Michael D. Robinson, and Brian P. Meier, (electronic resource)

Label
The power of metaphor : examining its influence on social life
Title
The power of metaphor
Title remainder
examining its influence on social life
Statement of responsibility
edited by Mark J. Landau, Michael D. Robinson, and Brian P. Meier
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Browse a bookstore's philosophy section and you will find hefty tomes devoted to the analysis of single concepts such as friendship, authenticity, guilt, power, morality, freedom, and evil. Scholars wrestle with the precise meaning of these concepts because they are inherently abstract. Unlike concepts that refer to categories of things that we experience with our senses, these concepts lack a concrete referent existing in the world outside ourselves--you cannot see evil, for instance. It is therefore remarkable that, generally speaking, people seem to have little difficulty making sense of these and other abstract concepts. They form impressions of coworkers' friendliness and authenticity, suffer the pangs of guilt, buy luxury goods to advertise their power, judge the moral implications of political policy, and support wars to spread freedom and stem the tide of evil. The question then becomes: What cognitive processes do people normally use to grasp the abstract concepts that lie at the center of their social life? This book explores the possibility that people understand and experience abstract social concepts using metaphor. From this perspective, metaphor is not--as conventional wisdom would have it--simply a matter of words; rather, it is a cognitive tool that people routinely use to understand abstract concepts (e.g., morality) in terms of superficially dissimilar concepts that are relatively easier to comprehend (e.g., cleanliness)--Introduction. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2013 APA, all rights reserved)
Additional physical form
Also issued in print
Cataloging source
DcWaAPA
Dewey number
  • 303.37
  • 303.3/7
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HM1041
LC item number
.P69 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The power of metaphor : examining its influence on social life, edited by Mark J. Landau, Michael D. Robinson, and Brian P. Meier, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Control code
apa09246208
Dimensions
cm)
Edition
1st ed
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 301 p.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781433815799
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Other physical details
ill.
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b33479112
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
apa09246208

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