Alfred Korzybski

Korzybski, Alfred Habdank

Alfred Habdank Korzybski (kôrzĬb´skē), 1879–1950, Polish-American linguist, b. Warsaw. In his system, which he called General Semantics, Korzybski aimed at a distinction between the word and the object it describes and between the individual objects all described by the same word, insisting also that the effect of time be taken into consideration. In 1949, Korzybski lectured at Yale on his system; he wrote two books describing it (1921 and 1933).

See K. Thurman, Semantics (1960).

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Alfred Korzybski: Selected full-text books and articles

Alfred Korzybski By Postman, Neil ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 60, No. 4, Winter 2003
General Semantics: Understanding Korzybski's Formulations By Lahman, Mary P ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 70, No. 2, April 2013
Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics By Alfred Korzybski International Non-Aristotelian Library Publishing, 1958 (4th edition)
Alfred Korzybski and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy By Levinson, Martin H ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 67, No. 1, January 2010
Alfred Korzybski: A Founding Figure in Media Ecology By Forsberg, Geri E ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 67, No. 2, April 2010
American Philosophy By Ralph B. Winn Philosophical Library, 1955
Librarian’s tip: "Korzybski's 'General Semantics'" begins on p. 24
Introduction to Semantics By Adam Schaff; Olgierd Wojtasiewicz Pergamon Press, 1962
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "General Semantics"
Science and the Goals of Man: A Study in Semantic Orientation By Anatol Rapoport; S. I. Hayakawa Harper & Brothers, 1950
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 15 "The Non-Aristotelian Formulation" and Chap. 16 "The Non-Aristotelian Formulation (continued)"
The Structural Differential Diagram: Part I. (General Semantics Basics) By Sawin, Gregory ETC.: A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 59, No. 4, Winter 2002
Developing Sanity in Human Affairs By Susan Presby Kodish; Robert P. Holston Greenwood Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Alfred Korzybski in several chapters
Perception: An Approach to Personality By Robert R. Blake; Glenn V. Ramsey Ronald Press, 1951
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 7 by Korzybski "The Role of Language in the Perceptual Processes"
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