Wednesday, 9 December 2015

A Few More References

See here.

"'...the psychology of Freud and his successors...gave the first real notion of human semantics.'" (p. 188)

The successors must include Jung? There is the reference to semantics again. But "human semantics"? General semantics is clearly relevant and different from linguistic semantics.

"'Comparative historians like Spengler, Pareto, and Toynbee realized that history did not merely happen but had some kind of pattern.'" (ibid.)

James Blish's Okies future history is Spenglerian.
Poul Anderson's Technic Future History is Hordian.
Isaac Asimov's Robots and Foundation future history is Gibbonian.

Not much is known about Hord.

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

You wrote: "Not much is known about Hord." Too true! I've tried more than once to find out more about John Hord and his works. But, except for a few articles and citations by other writers, I could not. In fact, I learned more about Hord's analysis of history from Poul Anderson's article for the BULLETIN OF THE SCIENCE FICTION WRITERS OF AMERICA (and A KNIGHT OF GHOSTS AND SHADOWS) than from academic sources.

You already know how I found Hord's analysis on how civilizations rise and fall disturbingly accurate. Far more so than the speculations of Spengler, Toynbee, Gibbons, or Marx. Only Eric Voegelin, in works such as ISRAEL AND REVELATION, is in my opinion comparable to Hord.