Moral Politics by George Lakoff
What Conservatives Know That Liberals Don't

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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.

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George Lakoff isáthe Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, where he has taught since 1972. He previously taught at Harvardáand the University of Michigan. His academic career has been devoted to developing the field of cognitive lingusitics, the cognitive theory of metaphor,áconstruction grammar,áembodied conceptual systems,áa neural theory of grammar, and the cognitive foundations of mathematics.
Published May 15, 1996 by University Of Chicago Press. 421 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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 A study, part academic and part popular, of the differences in moral conceptual systems that underlie the conservative-liberal debate.

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In this book, Lakoff, a professor of linguistics and cognitive science at UC-Berkeley and author of Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things, examines the unconscious system of concepts underlying Americ

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He observes that conservatives and liberals have very different notions of what constitutes an ideal family: while conservatives gravitate to the ""Strict Father"" model, wherein a strict, patriarchal structure is meant to foster responsibility in children, liberals favor the ""Nurturant Parent""...

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