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Recent note to the C. S. Peirce List

I define dogma as a deliberate attempt by a social entity to create a basis for dividing individuals on the basis of its premises. Absent this social context it is merely a characteristic, usually applied to a divisive person or group. As a social reality it can be described and measured.

I define reality as everything, as all, as what we can know and what we cannot presently know. It is the realm from which all signs rise.

I define ethics as values rather than virtues or characteristics. Values ascribe worth. Certain values are in my definition general or universal, applying to all. I arrived at my sense of this as an abduction (guess) based on several thousand kids inclining to what I regard as the values underlying the Gospel of Mark. Ethics in my understanding and within the triad reality ethics aesthetics derive from the three active values tolerance, democracy and helpfulness. The underlying or root value is non-idolatry which I take to be the intent of the Biblical advice that we have no gods save the One who refused to identify himself to Moses. Non-idolatry suggests to me a degree of iconoclasm and the skepticism valued in circles that promote scientific method. 

I see aesthetics as what Keats had in mind when he combined truth and beauty as all we know on earth and all we need to know. I think the art world even in Danto's sense is too narrow a definition of the realm of aesthetics. I think Shakespeare was (as usual) pertinent in suggesting we are all players, that what we do is performance. In triadic terms aesthetics is the third because it is an expression or an action whose conscious aim is truth and beauty.

All of this is amplified and hopefully clarified in my little Kindle book  Triadic Philosophy 100 Aphorisms eBook Kindle Store    

I will be glad to forward a Word document of the mss to anyone who is willing to review it.

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