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Triadic Philosophy One Reality Ethics Aesthetics

Triadic philosophy is a simple yet foundational
mode of thinkjng influenced by Charles Sanders Peirce
It thinks in threes
Firsts are realities rising and complete in themselves
the stuff that comes up
To name the first First Reality
is simply to identify this as the realm which bounds us
the penumbra
from which everything in thought and action proceeds
We could call it being or existence 
The Top First Image above denotes Reality
Seconds are blunt truths
even brutal oppositions
what we might call our realities
But because these are the objections and questions 
we bring to what rises
and because these questions all suggest values and choices
the foundational Second
may be called Ethics
The second image denotes Ethics

Thirds are the playing out of First and Second
in habits applications beliefs hypotheses  
The highest standard within Ethics
is achievement of the beautiful
The third image denotes Aesthetics

There are an infinite number of Threes
that can spring from this foundation
and each of any Three can be a First or a Second
And all can be nested within
the original three
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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

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This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

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Stephen C. Rose Bio

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…