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January 2006 Selection: Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think
By: George Lakoff
Copyright: 2002 [2nd ed.]
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In Moral Politics, the first full-scale application of cognitive science to politics, George Lakoff analyzes the unconcious world-views 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 2nd edition, Lakoff adds a preface and an afterword explaning how "moral politics" makes sense of events like the impeachment of Bill Clinton and the 2000 presidential election.

George Lakoff is 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.

Related Web sites:

George Lakoff's official homepage

Rockridge Institute page on George Lakoff

Wikipedia page on George Lakoff

Wikipedia page on the book Moral Politics


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The American Leadership Tradition: Moral Vision From Washington to Clinton
By: Marvin Olasky. 1999.

Rediscovering America's Values
By: Frances Moore Lappe. 1989.

When Presidents Lie: A History of Official Deception and Its Consequences
By: Eric Alterman. 2004.

A Deficit of Decency
By: Zell Miller. 2005.

Amoral Politics: The Persistant Truth of Machiavellism
By: Ben-Ami Scharfstein. 1995.


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