“Metaphors We Live By: A Classic Revisited” with George Lakoff and Mark Johnson


Episode 86:

Originally broadcast: December 13

Recorded: December 11, 2015



We use metaphors all the time, from describing friends as two peas in a pod, to old age as a chapter in someone’s life. We think of argument as war and move forward into the future. Would our understanding of friendship, argument and the future change if we used different metaphors? Could we even talk about them if we didn’t use metaphors at all? On this episode, we ask these questions and consider how deeply metaphors influence our understanding.

George Lakoff is the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California, Berkley and Mark Johnson is the Philip H. Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. They are the authors together and separately of more than a dozen books.

The text of this episode’s monologue can be found here at our blog, PQED.

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