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On Aggression (Harvest Book, Hb 291) Paperback – October 23, 1974
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Lorenz became active in the Green Party as an environmental advocate. For those interested primarily with his views on human ecology and civilization, a good follow up book to this is "Civilized Man's Eight Deadly Sins"(1974).
Lorenz sees mass society as an inherent component to war, violence, and aggression. He depicts mankind's situation as a spectator from Mars would view it and diagnoses how aggression is caused by "human nature" but also how humans feed off each other's aggression. Lorenz proceeds to explain how man is susceptible to a type of frenzy due to what he labels as militant enthusiasm. In mass society, aggression is an extremely contagious component and is inherent in harnessing the destructive side of the human potential.
Here Lorenz shows an approach much akin to Einstein's view on war. However, where Einstein failed to reason out that man is destructive by nature, Lorenz makes no attempt to hide mankind's irrationality. Freud also approached this issue in his book Civilization and Its Discontents, but Freud saw violence as impossible to cure whereas Lorenz sees a possible treatment to this aggressive side in the development of human understanding of mankind's situation and through the enlightening of reason.
Upon reading Lorenz I have come to the conclusion that the man is a modern day classical philosopher educated in anthropology. He refers constantly to Greco-Roman themes.
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Should be basic reading for any liberal arts or science graduatePublished 2 months ago by Dave Shumway
First off, I haven't finished reading the book. I believe in the unity of nature enough to accept the behavior of fish enough to consider a comparison with human behavior. Read morePublished 8 months ago by milton bloch
I give away copies of this magnificent book. It is seminal. Lorenz wise thoughts on the essential role played by tribal rituals/manners/taste in binding together groups larger than... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Charles
I originally read this book in the 1970s, but read it again recently. This book (along with the simpler "Naked Ape" by Desmond Morris) shows us how homo sapiens is really a... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Robert V. Rose, retired education researcher
I own and train a doberman for protection work. This book was recommended by my trainer. Absolutely fascinating and completely changed the way I perceive aggression in dogs. Read morePublished on September 19, 2013 by Kim