Triadic Philosophy is the name I gave to a way of thinking I thought might become common to all people. It came from people whose minds were both brilliant and wounded – wounded by the prevalence of evil.

They realized that ending conflict required a change in thinking. I am inadequate to do more than put up a few signposts to the future. Others will come and do a better job.

I am proposing a world in which each of us, all of us, are in their own way, triadic philosophers.

Beyond the academy

This is not meant for the academy, it is based on thinking that grew up beyond an academic setting that was already becoming part of a corporate oligarchy.

Three philosophers and their ignored consequences

The heralds of Triadic Philosophy were Charles Sanders Pierce, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Ludwig Wittgenstein. All were exiles from the academy by circumstance or choice. All were not known primarily for their incredible contributions to what I believe is the wave of the future.

Peirce was not known primarily as the generator of a daily discipline, based on triadic rather than binary thinking. But triadic philosophy is precisely that.

Nietzsche was hardly known as the midwife of a philosophy that advances Christianity from being a closed, exclusive religion to be the underlying ethic of a post-binary world.

But that is the outcome of his revaluation of values.

Wittgenstein was perhaps the most explicit advocate of the primacy of ethics and aesthetics as what matters most to us all, but he is not remembered for that. He is claimed by the academy he had little use for.

A seismic impact

Triadic Philosophy sees that the world can only progress by moving to nonviolence.

Essentially this means moving past conflict as the basic way we get things done. This can only happen when we start to think triadically.

Thinking in terms of reality, ethics and aesthetics means allowing consciousness a place in daily living. It means accepting the need for a time of collecting oneself every day. It is a discipline of universal attention to the ethics and aesthetics of our common existence.

Starting point

Triadic Philosophy begins with the reality of what all of us have in common, regardless of everything else. We all have hearts and minds. We all can stop and think. These are the two basic requirements needed to become a triadic philosopher.

I shall seek to show in successive articles the wisdom of moving to a universal discipline that every person can create for themselves from common elements that I shall describe. Any global change begins with individuals and their evolution.