Scotism and Ockhamism and Triadic Philosophy

Triadic Philosophy is not in favor of nominalism. Nor is it partial to Ockhamism.

Our mentor C. S. Peirce did much to raise the banner of Duns Scotus and to oppose nominalism.

Triadic Philosophy opposes nominalism because it takes it as a fair criticism that nominalism grants no reality to things beyond their names. It seems enmeshed in what Peirce calls psychologism. It is caught in the skein of the self. The self is separated from its contextual reality as part of a society. There need be no real world or cosmos . And reasoning tends to stop at two instead of the more appealing three, from which there is no end to elaboration.

After all is said and done, Peirce seems to — and Triadic Philosophy emphatically does — open the door to what was metaphysics.

I put the word metaphysics in the past tense because Triadic Philosophy sees Reality as everything. There is nothing outside it that has … reality.

If Reality is even enclosed is an open question, if I may make a sort of joke.

To investigate Scotism and Ockamism I recommend the Stanford pieces on Scotus and Ockham.


Triadic Philosophy is a daily practice that can be engaged in by anyone anywhere. It invites one to think in three conscious stages beginning with a Sign and letting it meet Ethics and then proceeding to a consideration of truth and beauty (together) in terms of what has been arrived at.

The result should be an expression or an action or both.

Such a process creates an actual. measurable event that can, if one wishes, be evaluated on a scale that measures positives and negatives according to a sense of what harms and hurts.

That’s it.

A tiny derivation I surmise would have revolutionary implications if universally practiced, taught and accepted.

Peirce: CP 2.167 Cross-Ref:††

167. In the Middle Ages the question between Scotism and Ockhamism had been closely argued. Had the conceptions of modern science been present to the minds of the disputants, the victory of the Scotists would have been more overwhelming than it was. As matters went, Ockhamism derived its chief strength from its political alliance.