Metaphors We Live By

Cover image of 'Outliners' by Malcolm Gladwell

Metaphors We Live By

George Lakoff and Mark Johnson

Very few books have changed the way we think about language. But this one did. In their seminal text, Lakoff and Johnson argue that metaphor is more than poetic window dressing; it’s the lens through which we perceive and understand the world. The chapter on metaphors of spatial orientation is particularly mind-expanding. But it does raise an important philosophical question: if rising to the top is so good, why is bad to get above yourself?

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