Bibliography of General Semantics
by Ralph E. Kenyon Jr. (bio)
- Definition - forthcoming
- The Ten Commandments of General Semantics
- (humor) - a parody stimulated by some of the excess behavior of some
- A Note on Communication - Three coordinates for
"meaning" along the extensional-intensional dimension: dictionary, context,
- Laws of Thought - The so-called "law of
thought", what Aristotle actually said, and how they fit into general
semantics - non-Aristotelian evaluating.
- Extensional Devices - a brief
summary defining the extensional devices and relating them to the
time-binding record. November 2007.
- Recommended Readings - a list of some
recommended books relevant to general semantics.
- My posts on the archived General Semantics
- meaning - a brief non-technical and
non-circular explanation of meaning that incorporates recent brain
research. November 2005.
- The Neurological Basis of Identity - a paper
that illustrates how nervous systems make determinations of same or not.
- General Semantics References - The beginnings of
a new working list of source references for general semantic.
- Criticism of Andy Hilgartner's "Invitation" of December 27, 2004
- Validity and Truth - December 2004 - a
critical analysis and corrections to Validity and Truth by Bob Pula
- Anti-Aristotelianism - May 2004 - a working
paper exploring the development of anti-Aristotelianism
- two valued orientation and two valued logic
- March 2004
- Consciousness of Abstraction - December
26, 2003, a paper illustrating the complexity of abstracting.
- How much "out-of-date" is Korzybski in 2003? -
December 26, 2003, a paper quantifying the growth of knowledge.
- Confronting the Challenges of Conflicting World Views,
July 4, 2003, a paper written for the theme of the The Twelfth International Conference on General Semantics
to be held in Las Vegas October 31-November 2, 2003.
- Colloids, 24 Sep
2000, a paper that describes some differences between colloidal behavior and
living substance. - stimulated by a general semantics discussion group.
- The Foundations of
Prejudice, 1999, a paper that describes the built-in primary and
secondary neurological mechanisms underlying prejudice and discusses how to
use this knowledge to combat prejudice.
- Levels or perspectives on the use of language,
1997, a paper that describe four perspectives or levels on the use of
language ordered by increasing complexity. These levels are (1) grammar, (2)
logic, (3) semantics, and (4) general semantics. April 1, 1997
- A Notion of Concept, 1994, a paper that
discusses why general semanticists object to 'concept' but not to 'notion'.
July 25, 1994
- On the Use of Quotation Marks, 1993, Etc.:
A Review of General Semantics, Vol. 51, No 1, Spring 1994. This paper
illustrates and explains standard usage of quotation marks and urges general
semanticists to become consistent with the majority culture. October 21,
- Heraclitus? or Xenophanes?, 1993,
Heraclitus of Ephesus is often touted as the first general semanticist. But
an earlier philosopher had views even more in accord with modern general
semantics. January 4, 1993
- E-Prime: The Spirit and the Letter,
1993, Etc.: A Review of General Semantics Vol. 49 No. 2, Summer 1992.
(Reprinted with corrections in More E-Prime: To be or Not II, edited
by Paul Dennithorne Johnston, D. David Bourland, Jr., and Jeremy Klein,
International Society for General Semantics, 1994)
- On Similarity of Structure, 1992, a
paper intended to ask a very serious question about the foundations of
general semantics. A fundamental formulation of general semantics is based
upon and uses Aristotelian identity. August 21, 1992.
- A Non-Formal Non-Language, 1990, a paper
that illustrates major flaws in a paper by C. A. Hilgartner entitled A
New Formalized Language Based On Entirely Non-Traditional Premises. A
close analysis of the material presented by Hilgartner shows that the
presented material contains many ambiguities and inconsistencies. The
proposed system fails to qualify as a formalized language and the language
as a system is incoherent. Claims based upon the system are therefore
unfounded. December 17, 1990.
- The Impossibility of Non-Identity Languages,
1988, General Semantics Bulletin 55, 1990. This paper proves that no
language can be entirely free of identity. October 17, 1988.
- Letter to the Institute, recommendations to
help promote general semantics. November 16, 1988
- Hilgartner's Violations, 1988, a
paper showing that Hilgartner's paper, which purports to advance a formal
system for general semantics, actually violates general semantics
principles. October 21, 1988.
- The General Semantics 'Ethic' of Cooperation,
1986, a paper which shows that the 'ethic' of cooperation is based upon a
fallacy and a lack of understanding. February 10, 1986.
1985, a paper that traces the evolution of a particular sense of the term
'abstraction', defines terms necessary to give a precise technical
definition for this sense as it has evolved, and illustrates application of
the term in that technical sense.
- The Philosophy of Karl Popper 1984,
a paper which describes Popper's philosophy as understood within general
- What is General Semantics, 1983, a paper
which argues for a straight forward and direct answer to be used in
answering people who are not general semanticists. February 1983.
- Researching General Semantics,
1983, A paper prepared in response to the Second Roundtable
On Teaching and Researching General Semantics, General Semantics Bulletin,
- Consequences of using the definite article 'the',
1982, a brief note on the blocking effect of using 'the'.
- Is There a Need for Formal Standards in Teaching
General Semantics?, 1979,
A paper prepared for delivery at the Second Roundtable On Teaching and
Researching General Semantics. This paper presents an allegorical
illustration of the levels and needs surrounding the question of need for
formal standards in teaching general semantics. April 1979.
- The General Semantics of the Teacher-Student
Relation, 1979, An
expository note concerning theoretical considerations behind qualifications
for teaching. January 1979.
- What Are We Aiming For?, 1978, A paper prepared for the First
Roundtable on Teaching and Researching General Semantics. March 1978.
- The Nature of Science, 1978, A paper
which traces the increasing structure of the scientific method as it relates
to the general semantics formulations "extensional", "intensional",
etc., during the last 2000 years. This relates to the formulation that
there's a similarity of structure between the way the human nervous process
function and the way science has grown (as a body of knowledge and as a
process). A 'media' perspective is taken. Begun November 1977, Revised
- Think-Feel and Know-Act, 1978, This paper
relates general semantics as a model for human knowing with the Attitude
Theory of Emotion, showing that the two theories are each incomplete and
complement each other when considering the perspective of human information
processing. An abstract, six process model of response and action is
developed. Begun in February 1978, and revised August 1978, and April 1979.
- Some "Biases" of General Semantics,
1978, (Formerly titled The Institute of General Semantics) This paper
characterizes a number of general semantics perspectives, applications,
etc., and examines some of the 'biases' of the system. March 1978.
- A Look at the Boundary, 1978, This
paper examines the specific areas distinguishing Euclidean and
non-Euclidean, Newtonian and non-Newtonian, and Aristotelian and
non-Aristotelian and includes some equations, May 1978. New
- now in pdf format.
- General Semantics Coordinates, 1977,
This paper presents a graphic model illustrating the difference between
Cartesian and general semantic frames-of-reference. September 1977.
- Correspondence with C. A. Hilgartner concerning
- Talk - a graphic from a presentation I gave
at the New York Society for General Semantics late in 1974. (new)
Index of published
articles. Some are on-line.
General Semantics and Related Topics