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Established by Alfred Korzybski in 1938.

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The Institute of General Semantics offers an array of activities, publications, and awards that broaden the reach and understanding of general semantics.

Headquartered in New York City, the Institute of General Semantics is a member-supported, not-for-profit corporation established by Alfred Korzybski in 1938.  The Institute currently publishes the quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics, and it sponsors the prestigious Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series.


Our Offerings

From its famed Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series, to symposia and classes on general semantics, to periodicals and books from our publishing arm, to distinguished awards for people and works that promote the interests of general semantics, the Institute of General Semantics provides rich material and recognition to further and deepen the appreciation of general semantics.

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What Books Do We Publish?

The New Non-Aristotelian Library, the publishing arm of the Institute of General Semantics, publishes books, guides, anthologies, and ebooks on general semantics and related subjects. Our books are available for purchase in the IGS Store.

What Periodicals Do We Publish?

The Institute of General Semantics currently publishes its quarterly journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics.


Until 2010, the Institute published two other periodicals: the General Semantics Bulletin and the Time-Bindings newsletter.

What Prizes and Awards Do We Offer?

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Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series (AKML)

Attend the most distinguished annual event for the Institute of General Semantics, named for its founder.  

In 1952, two years after founder Alfred Korzbyski’s sudden death, Institute of General Semantics Director M. Kendig initiated an annual program to remember Korzybski and celebrate the continuation of his goals for human development and progress.

This program became known as the Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series, or “AKML.” Kendig viewed this series as a means not only to remember Korzybski, but also to celebrate the contributions of those whose work is scientifically oriented and promotes what Korzybski termed “time-binding,” the unique human ability to build on the achievements of others through the use of symbols and languages.

Conferences & Symposia

Listen to speakers present on general semantics and a wide variety of related topics.  

The Institute of General Semantics periodically hosts, sponsors, and co-sponsors conferences and symposia attended by people from around the world, featuring presentations on topics related to general semantics and its multidisciplinary interests.

Our conferences and symposia often feature our annual Alfred Korzybski Memorial Lecture Series.

Classes & Seminars

Learn general semantics from live classes and seminars.

The Institute of General Semantics offers classes and seminars at introductory and advanced levels on a variety of topics related to general semantics and the teaching of the multidisciplinary subject.  Some are regularly scheduled and some are available upon request.


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Phone: +1 (201) 745-3693
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Quarterly Journal ETC: A Review of General Semantics

ETC contributes to and advances the understanding of language, thought, and behavior. Each issue of ETC provides the latest research and discourse on general semantics.

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