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Korzybski, Alfred. Selections from Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics

Academic journal article Communication Research Trends

Korzybski, Alfred. Selections from Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics

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Korzybski, Alfred. Selections from Science and Sanity: An Introduction to Non-Aristotelian Systems and General Semantics. (Second ed.). Fort Worth, TX: Institute of General Semantics, 2010. Pp. xx, 215. ISBN 978-0-9827559-1-4 (paper) $16.00.

This new edition of Korzybski's 1948 work seeks to introduce his work to a new generation of readers, particularly those enmeshed in the contemporary digital culture. The selections come from the editorial work of Korzybski himself, who heeded the advice of teachers and students that his original Science and Sanity proved too much for too many in its 927 pages. This book sets out to introduce key ideas and concepts, examining meaning not in an Aristotelian sense (or in the many theories of meaning following from Aristotle) couched in abstract verbalism and referents. The problem with that approach arises from a mixture of meaning and evaluation, of an identification of observed or "seen facts with ... judgement, creeds, dogmas, etc." (p. 9). To help the reader or student along, Korzybski leads an examination of language, knowledge, science, structure. …

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