First published in the 1960s, On Aggression has been the target of criticism and controversy ever since. It is not Lorenz's careful descriptions of animal behaviour that are contentious, but his extrapolations to the human world that have caused reverberations resulting in a statement adopted by UNESCO in 1989 and subsequently endorsed by the American Psychological Association that appears to condemn his work. But does On Aggression actually make the claims implicit in the Seville statement?
In a new introduction by Professor Eric Salzen, the debate about Lorenz's work is set in its social and political context and his claims and those of his critics reassessed. Human aggression has not lessened since this seminal work first appeared and there are no convincing new solutions. On Aggression should be read by all new students and re-read by more experienced scholars so that the important evidence he presents from ethnology may be reappraised in the light of the most recent research.
Table of Contents
1 Prologue in the Sea 2 Coral Fish in the Laboratory 3 What Aggression is Good For 4 The Spontaneity of Aggression 5 Habit, Ritual and Magic 6 The Great Parliament of Instincts 7 Behavioural Analogies to Morality 8 Anonymity of the Flock 9 Social Organization without Love 10 Rats 11 The Bond 16012 On the Virtue of Scientific Humility 13 Ecce Homo! 14 Avowal of Optimism
Konrad Lorenz (1903-89). Pioneering and world-renowned scientist of animal behaviour. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Psychology in 1973.