On Aggression

ISBN-10: 0156687410

ISBN-13: 9780156687416

Edition: 1974 (Reprint)

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List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 1974
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/23/1974
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 324
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Konrad Lorenz was an Austrian zoologist whose specialty, the biological origins of social behavior, is of major interest to psychologists. Lorenz pioneered in the direct study of animal behavior and was the founder of modern ethology (the study of animals in their natural surroundings). He received the Nobel Prize for physiology in 1973 for his research on instinctive behavior patterns and on imprinting---the process through which an animal very early in life acquires a social bond, usually with its parents, that enables it to become attached to other members of its own species. His major book, "On Aggression" (1963), was attacked by many anthropologists, psychologists, and sociologists, who maintained that Lorenz's claim that aggression is inborn means that it cannot be controlled. His supporters countered that Lorenz never stated that inborn traits could not be changed. Lorenz's work continues to play a key role in this contemporary version of the nature-nurture debate.

Foreword
Introduction
Prologue in the Sea
Coral Fish in the Laboratory
What Aggression is Good For
The Spontaneity of Aggression
Habit, Ritual and Magic
The Great Parliament of Instincts
Behavioural Analogies to Morality
Anonymity of the Flock
Social Organization Without Love
Rats
The Bond
On the Virtue of Scientific Humility
Ecce Homo!
Avowal of Optimism
Recommended Books
Bibliography
Index
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