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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 an…

Belief is less subscribing than resolving to - The Tao of John 10

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Belief is central to the Seer's way Not in some magic miracle hooray But in the sea change everyone can know  Believing what the Seer comes to show + Belief is what the will does to confirm every act to give it the prior validation it needs to become reality The Seer is miraculous because he is us in prospect but the habit of of those around him  is all special effects and noise of applause The greater miracle is that we can see and understand and make the Seer's way our ownStephen's Remarkable Kindle Store

Bill Hamilton Death of God Theologian Revisited

Update of an Article Written in 2008 when Hamilton was 83 Religion News Service | Faith | Leaders & Institutions | William Hamilton,  who said `God is Dead,’ dies at 87 I want to make three points, based on a brief friendship with Bill Hamilton  and a significant encounter that was my last personal memory of him. 1. I went to Rochester in early 1965 to write an article on FIGHT, the community organization Saul Alinsky had helped to create in the wake of 1964 rioting in the city. Bill Hamilton kindly took me in and put me up. I wrote a piece for Christianity and Crisis (a defunct journal founded by John Bennett and Reinhold Niebuhr. whose archives should be made available online). It earned me a nasty editorial in the Rochester Gannett newspaper -- no archive exists that I can find. In any case Bill was a great host and helped me to meet the folk who contributed to the article. 2. The last night I was there I had the incredible experience of meeting Malcolm X…

How Should The East Coast Prepare for the Inevitable

+ Until we move from binary to triadic thinking from pragmatism to pragmaticism from proselytizing to universalism we will be doomed to make the wrong decisions and celebrate them as master achievements Thus Manhattan contemplates building big flood blockades that will protect Wall Street and inundate Brooklyn or some such silliness + The brutal truth is that we are already doomed to an ongoing deluge and will  be doomed to the current painful agonies until we answer affirmative to the following propositionThe solution to flooding and tidal inundationis to either create or move to higher groundand build our dwellings there + The pragmaticist obligation is to stop lavishing attention on the sexy notion  of  diverting future tidal inundations with monstrous blockades (the binary way) and instead to assume that any level above an anticipated inundation level is the level at which it is safe to create places to be occupied by children and women and men and pets From this premise many fin…

The primacy and Unity of Aesthetics and Ethics - moving past a conundrum

No philosopher am I but lives compose philosophies whether one knows it or not so yes I share my life Where I part company from Kierkegaard Where I part company from Nietzsche Where I part company from Peirce and most likely Aristotle too is in insisting that value and will precede everything and that ethics and aesthetics are  prior to and not subordinate to any other categories including logic and science  What this means is that I am forced by the logic of my own premises to begin applying what this all means in ways that will  eventually make some sense to both me and the reader from now on if not philosophy  contention toward truth
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