A Universal Way of Life for the 2000s
Triadic Philosophy - Where 1 2 3 Works and When It Does Not
Charles Sanders Peirce spent
a life of
elaborating what he always thought.
He thought, among other things, that
we move forward
and that we are social,
Foundationally, Peirce thought 1 2 3,
that is to say, in threes.
And he structured the categories
at the heart of philosophy
as First Second and Third.
By the time Peirce elaborated
he had a truckload of triads
and a massive fleet of elaborations.
Peirce did not think
we are ciphers who will
follow even such a one as he.
He thought we might build on
his notions, as folk for two thousand years
built on Aristotle -
to the detriment of ethics,
as Aristotle lacked a proper value system.
Now it is Promethian and unnecessary
to so immerse ourselves in
that we end up arguing about
what he may have meant
as a twenty year old
or as a seventy year old.
He might say
I am merely pointing
to what an ordinary sort might infer
from living life.
Peirce said many things in passing
for the rock-ribbed
quasi-nativist he was,
oddly democratic, oddly tolerant,
and most certainly non-idolatrous.
The utility of 1 2 3,
if Peirce is right,
(and he is)
is we can (and do)
all work creatively
trying daily to get things right.
So, yes, read and benefit from Peirce.
But, more than that, use your bean.
Conjure up more of the magic he was on to.
Published Works of C.S. Peirce
Charles Sanders Peirce:
ARISBE: THE PEIRCE GATEWAY
Home Page of the International Peirce Community
Stephen's Remarkable Kindle Store
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