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The two great scraps of paper note-takers were Peirce and Nietzsche



It will take this century for the change to begin taking root
Science will trace its synapses to the brain
but idealist realists in philosophy will know
it is our escape from the grip of
too many things to name
suffice to say that they
include terms like binary and nominalist
 
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The two great scraps of paper note-takers were
Peirce and Nietzsche whose persons merged though
they knew not one another
Both presaged a move beyond the narrowness of religion
Both transmuted metaphysical into life
realized within the immanent frame
Peirce pushed forward more explicitly
but Nietzsche understood at a deep level
what now makes for a revaluation of values that
became his final conundrum

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Keats preceded these note takers
and as poets will
presaged a saving binary
that gave birth to a saving triad
Beauty and Truth were One
to John
And knowing this was the foundation
of pragmaticism
Peirce's ever-unfinished philosophy
Now to essay a triad
Reality contains truth and beauty among other things
Ethics strains reality through who we are 
we fallible nomads of this universe
living by the ticking of the clock
Aesthetics determines the success of our experimental lives
Let them lack beauty and they will lack truth
Let the reverse be so
and truth will reign
Or as the song has it
We shall overcome

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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…