Homer had the Iliad…

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…Kazantzakis had his modern Odyssey.

And I?

I hope to have The Philiad: An epic poem of philosophical nerdistry.

Yes, I’d like to write an epic saga of philosophical wonder.

For now I think the structure should be more chronological than thematic. That is, I would like it to follow the course of my explorations in philosophy, rather than some schematic course of philosophical inquiry. A true odyssey of wisdom.

I’m no Homer, no Kazantzakis, no nothing, really, so The Philiad will just be in simple couplets, though there may be occasional bursts of wild meter.

Bits I’ve composed so far:

The long names which science doth give us today
Long ago the Greeks but gave proper names
The mysteries we esteem to pierce by reduction
The Greeks fatefully introduced by their deduction

Perdurantism cutteth to the bone & beyond
Yet it giveth no account of what is really-going-on
Yet no ontology abides which has me end before I can state it
No ontology is credible which swaps out opponents even as it’s debated

Lately I met a virtual quark––one that didn’t really exist
In nothing it virtually waited, “To be!” it virtually wished
“I’m an unbegun becoming!” cried the virtual quark, uncaused
“My quantum powers do mock logic, puny reason but the cost!”
“But,” said I, “what is not caused, is surely not an effect,
And that which ain’t effected, surely we can’t detect.”

Wish me luck!


About The Codgitator (a cadgertator)

Catholic convert. Quasi-Zorbatic. Freelance interpreter, translator, and web marketer. Former ESL teacher in Taiwan (2003-2012) and former public high school teacher (2012-2014). Married father of three. Multilingual, would-be scholar, and fairly consistent fitness monkey. My research interests include: the interface of religion and science, the history and philosophy of science and technology, ancient and medieval philosophy, and cognitive neuroscience. Please pray for me.
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