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Moral Politics takes a fresh look at how we think and talk about political and moral ideas. George Lakoff analyzed recent political discussion to find that the family — especially the ideal family — is the most powerful metaphor in politics today. Revealing how family-based moral values determine views on diverse issues as crime, gun control, taxation, social programs, and the environment, George Lakoff looks at how conservatives and liberals link morality to politics through the concept of family and how these ideals diverge. Arguing that conservatives have exploited the connection between morality, the family, and politics, while liberals have failed to recognized it, Lakoff explains why conservative moral position has not been effectively challenged. A wake up call to political pundits on both the left and the right, this work redefines how Americans think and talk about politics. For this new edition, Lakoff adds a preface and an afterword extending his observations to major ideological conflicts since the book's original publication, from the impeachment of Bill Clinton to the 2000 presidential election and its aftermath.

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In this classic text, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconscious and rhetorical worldviews of liberals and conservatives, discovering radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions of morality on both the left and right. For this new edition, Lakoff adds a preface and an afterword extending his observations to major ideological conflicts since the book's original publication, from the impeachment of Bill Clinton to the 2000 presidential election and its aftermath.

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In Moral Politics, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconscious worldviews of liberals and conservatives, explaining why they are at odds over so many seemingly unrelated issues-like taxes, abortion, regulation, and social programs. The differences, Lakoff argues, are not mere matters of partisanship, but arise from radically different conceptions of morality and ideal family life-meaning that family and morality are at the heart of American politics, in ways that are far from obvious. For this edition, Lakoff adds a preface and an afterword explaining how "moral politics" makes sense of events like the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the 2000 presidential election.

About the Author

George Lakoff is a professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the author of Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things and co-author of Metaphors We Live By and More than Cool Reason, all published by the University of Chicago Press-as well as co-author of Philosophy in the Flesh and Where Mathematics Comes From.

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Introduction

1. The Minds and Politics

2. The Worldview Problem for American Politics

Part II: Moral Conceptual Systems

3. Experiential Morality

4. Keeping the Moral Books

5. Strict Father Morality

6. Nurturant Parent Morality

Part III: From Family-Based Morality to Politics

7. Why We Need a New Understanding of American Politics

8. The Nature of the Model

9. Moral Categories in Politics

Part IV: The Hard Issues

10. Social Programs and Taxes

11. Crime and the Death Penalty

12. Regulation and the Environment

13. The Culture Wars: From Affirmative Action to the Arts

14. Two Models of Christianity

15. Abortion

16. How Can You Love Your Country and Hate Your Government?

Part V: Summing Up

17. Varieties of Liberals and Conservatives

18. Pathologies, Stereotypes, and Distortions

19. Can There Be a Politics without Family Values?

Part VI: Whos Right? And How Can You Tell?

20. Nonideological Reasons for Being a Liberal

21. Raising Real Children

22. The Human Mind

23. Basic Humanity

Epilogue: Problems for Public Discourse

Afterword

References

Index

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scottvw, March 25, 2007 (view all comments by scottvw)
This book attempts to explain too much using a simple cognitive/linguistic approach. It reduces conservative and liberal ideas to stereotypes in an attempt to explain them. The liberal slant of the professor's ideas is evident throughout the book, despite his efforts to be "objective." He eventually drops the pretense of being objective about 2/3 of the way through, and then the wheels start to come off of his arguments. For a more complete review, visit ripsbooks.blogspot.com.
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carl, August 29, 2006 (view all comments by carl)
A detailed, academic book, yet quite readable. The nutshell version is Lakoff's "Dont Think of an Elephant". This book is essential to anyone attempting to have political influence through speaking or writing. Expertly decodes the words that manipulate minds.
Shows how to craft arguments that work on liberals and conservatives.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780226467719
Author:
Lakoff, George
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago, IL
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Conservatism
Subject:
Social ethics
Subject:
Liberalism
Subject:
Political ethics
Subject:
Social values
Subject:
General Political Science
Subject:
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Subject:
United States Moral conditions.
Subject:
Conservatism -- United States.
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
2
Edition Description:
2
Series Volume:
107-27
Publication Date:
20020531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
471
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.38 in

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In this classic text, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconscious and rhetorical worldviews of liberals and conservatives, discovering radically different but remarkably consistent conceptions of morality on both the left and right. For this new edition, Lakoff adds a preface and an afterword extending his observations to major ideological conflicts since the book's original publication, from the impeachment of Bill Clinton to the 2000 presidential election and its aftermath.

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In Moral Politics, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconscious worldviews of liberals and conservatives, explaining why they are at odds over so many seemingly unrelated issues-like taxes, abortion, regulation, and social programs. The differences, Lakoff argues, are not mere matters of partisanship, but arise from radically different conceptions of morality and ideal family life-meaning that family and morality are at the heart of American politics, in ways that are far from obvious. For this edition, Lakoff adds a preface and an afterword explaining how "moral politics" makes sense of events like the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the 2000 presidential election.
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