On Metaphors, Animals, and Us

Nikolai L. Krementsov, Daniel P. Todes

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Metaphorical concepts have always played an important role in scientific thought. Through these metaphors, social and cultural conditions, ideological preconceptions, and everyday experiences influence ideas about nature. This article discusses two examples from the history of ideas about evolution and animal behavior: Darwin's “struggle for existence,” and the rise and fall of zoopsychology. It also describes sociobiology as a current example. 1991 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)67-81
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Social Issues
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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