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An Introduction To Non-aristotelian Systems And General Semantics.

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specialists in one field with the accomplishments in other fields, and an up-to-date epistemology. If we try to disregard epistemology consciously, we delude ourselves, as we cannot eliminate some epistemology as a foundation for our methods of evaluation, and, therefore, unconsciously retain some primitive epistemology which through inappropriate standards of evaluation, introduces semantic blockages.
Mach said long ago: 'Not every physicist is an epistemologist, and not every one must or can be. Special investigation claims a whole man, so also does the theory of knowledge.' The influence of Mach on modern science is well known; men such as the late Jacques Loeb, Einstein, the younger quantum pioneers., were deeply influenced by the writings of Mach, because Mach was a deep student of epistemology. But in a A society his statement must be slightly reworded; namely: 'Not every individual knows or realizes the importance of, or seemingly consciously cares for, epistemology; yet every one unconsciously has one and acts anc lives by it. Each individual has his own special problems, the solution of which always claims the whole man, and no man is complete, unless he consciously realizes the permanent presence in his life of some standards of evaluation. Every one has thus some epistemology. There is no way of parting with it,nor with air, nor with water,and live. The only problem is whether his standards of evaluation are polluted with primitive remains of bygone ages, in a variety of ways; or sanified by science and modern epistemology.'
The present work shows how any system involves a special epistem ology which we accept unconsciously, once we accept the system. To evaluate a system is practically equivalent to formulating its epistemology. This is strictly connected with linguistic and structural investigations.
To centralize and co-ordinate the efforts, an International Non-aristotelian Library has been originated, which field embraces, ultimately, all known doctrines and human interests, the first publication being the present handbook. To facilitate the application of disciplines and to stimulate further researches, an International Non-aristotelian Society has been incorporated with headquarters in New York City and branches to be established in all cities of the world which have educational institutions. The main aims of the Society are scientific and educational for the study, by means of papers and lectures followed by discussions, of the aspects necessary for a revision and, therefore, a co-ordination of all existing sciences and concerns of man. As the aspects of science which are of interest to the Society would be structural and semantic, from the point of view of a general theory of values, the lectures would be of a general non-technical character on the level of intelligent laymen.