ΣEOFS: A Fourth Non-Aristotelian Model
D. David Bourland Jr.
Alfred Korzybski asserted that he "produced and formulated General Semantics as the foundation of the first Non-Aristotelian System, based on the discovery of new relations, and so psycho-logical mechanisms" ( Korzybski, 1990, p. 816). Various people have on Korzybski's work, frequently working from a deficiency of understanding. This paper presents the foundations for a second non-Aristotelian system, congruent with the two models developed in varying degrees by Korzybski. Because of a significant shift in premises, it seems appropriate to consider this the beginning of a non- Aristotelian, but non-Korzybskian, system. This does not mean an anti- Korzybskian system, for the post-Korzybski models have grown from Korzybski's fundamental insights.
Since 1933, Korzybski and his followers have produced and elaborated upon what one might characterize as four epistemological models. In various degrees of detail, these models seek to explain how we interact with our physico-psycho-semantic environments-as-a-whole-at-a-date, and hence how we can improve the manner in which we do so. The two primary models appeared in Korzybski seminal Science and Sanity ( Korzybski, 1933) and in his subsequent writings (cf. Korzybski, 1990, pp. 479, 563, 683). He did not refer to his approaches as "models," although he might have done so had he written in more recent times. We may cite the following as non-Aristotelian models related to the work of Korzybski:
Korzybski's Model I. Korzybski devoted almost all of Science and Sanity to explaining and justifying this model. He produced supporting psychological, psychiatric, physiological, physico-mathematical, etc., information to buttress his Model I, contained in Part VII of his Hauptwerk. He regarded the structural differential as a diagrammatic summary of this model. Figure 1 contains an