father in 1954 is not the "same person" as his father in 1924. In short, Korzybski's contribution to semantics should not be judged as a theoretical contribution but as the contribution of a visionary, dedicated to make the principles of semantics serve those of emotional and social hygiene.It should also be pointed out that many of the individuals responsible for the popularization of Korzybski's ideas and along with them the principles of scientific semantics, from which those ideas were derived, have also contributed toward the popularization of anthropological semantics. Naturally because of the remoteness of the subject matter, the ideas of anthropological semantics are spreading much more slowly than the ideas more directly related to communication and to mental hygiene.It is to be expected that some time will elapse before the relation between "scientific," "therapeutic," and "anthropological" theories of meaning are brought into proper perspective in the eyes of the scholars concerned with the philosophy of language. The lag in the integration of these approaches is typical of such lags in other fields of investigation. For example, physiological ("scientific") psychology, psychiatry ("therapeutic" psychology) and abnormal psychology form the analogues to the branches of semantics here described. It is only in recent years that voices have been raised on the necessity of integrating these studies, which differ so widely in approach, terminology, and method.In general, it can be stated that the methodological schisms prevalent in other fields of investigation, prevail also in semantics and give rise to the same lack of empathy between workers committed to the various approaches, often considered by their protagonists to be antagonistic. This has happened many times in the history of ideas. ANATOL RAPOPORTSUGGESTED READINGS
AYER A. J., Language, Truth and Logic. 2nd ed. Dover Publications, 1950.
HAYAKAWA S. I., Language in Thought and Action. Harcourt, Brace & Co., 1949.
JOHNSON A. B., A Treatise on Language. University of California Press, 1947.
JOHNSON WENDELL, People in Quandaries. Harper, 1946.
KORZYBSKI ALFRED, Science and Sanity. 3rd ed. Institute of General Semantics, Lakeville, Conn., 1948.

-82-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
American Philosophy
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen
/ 318

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?