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Women, fire, and dangerous things : what categories reveal about the mind

Author: George Lakoff
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Focusing on studies of how humans categorize objects and ideas, this book examines the new understanding of human thought which proposes that human reason is imaginative, metaphorical, and intrinsically linked with the human body.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: George Lakoff
ISBN: 0226468038 9780226468037 0226468046 9780226468044
OCLC Number: 14001013
Notes: Includes indexes.
Description: xvii, 614 pages ; 27 cm
Contents: Book I: The mind beyond the machine --
Importance of categorization --
From Wittgenstein to Rosch --
Prototype effects in language --
Idealized cognitive models --
Metonymic models --
Radial categories --
Features, stereotypes, and defaults --
More about cognitive models --
Defenders of the classical view --
Review --
The objectivist paradigm --
What's wrong with objectivist metaphysics --
What's wrong with ojbectivist cognition --
The formalist enterprise --
Putnam's theorem --
A new realism --
Cognitive semantics --
Whorf and relativism --
The mind-as-machine paradigm --
Mathematics as a cognitive activity --
Overview --
Book II: Case studies --
Anger --
Over --
There-constructions.
Responsibility: George Lakoff.

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A sweeping critique of the assumptions the mind makes, of how humans tend to categorize objects and ideas, and of the implications of these modes of thought. Illustrated.  Read more...

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