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Locating Peirce's Division of Signs - Icons, Indices Symbols

In my Triadic Philosophy the base triad is
Reality Ethics Aesthetics
Peirce felt all thought is in signs and his triadic relations of performance or fact
are Icons Indices Symbols
An Icon points to but need not represent its object
(Nike comes to mind)
An index relates to the object it represents
A symbol stands in some way for what it represents
Peirce divided his base triads according to
kinds facts and laws


Triadic Philosophy
accepts all triads as spurs to thought
but builds on  Reality Ethics and Aesthetics
Reality covers the limit the mind has reached
within the continuity of our  existence
It is what we can perceive measure and describe
It is not supposition
It is boundaryless and yet limited
by our common fallibility
and its chronological continuity


The Semiotic in Triadic Philosophy
describes the manifold nature of reality
as it manifests itself
and in this context Peirce's categorical triads
function as modes of knowing
The uses of triads within Triadic Pholospophy
are mainly in the realm of
willed thought
in which one applies mind to
what rises from reality
then encounters its capture by
some blunt truth
and then moves to a measurable resolution 
or action


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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…