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This image displays the title and subsection titles of my paper to be published in The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies this July. I developed the metaphysics debuted in this paper over a period of about five years, working on it in the morning hours of each day, beginning before sunrise. An apt name for the resulting philosophy would be Resonant Existence.

The image is a pre-dawn look out back at our place, a look to the east. On my way to coffee, I glance out as I’m saying to myself words from the Rig Veda: “So many days have not yet broken.” To those words, I import the meaning “What shall I yet create? What will humankind yet create?”

The new metaphysics is more indebted to the metaphysics of Ayn Rand than to any other. Mine is a transfiguration of hers at the deepest level. In this paper of over seventy pages, differences and commonalities of the new foundational framework with Rand’s are explicated and argued. Rand’s fundamentals and mine are set in their relation to others, from Plato/Aristotle to the present.

Anyone who would like read this work should get a subscription to JARS at this time.

The most basic differences from Rand’s system are my retuning the conception of consciousness, redrafting the definition of logic, addition to Rand’s fundamental axioms and corollaries, replacement of Rand’s contrast class for concretes, and replacement of Rand’s categoreal scheme, her entity/attribute/action/relationship. Those last two innovations promise new understanding of the dividing lines between and distinctive natures of logic, mathematics, empirical science, and philosophy—the continuation of this work I tackle each morning, for future publication, hopefully for years to come.


I’ll return to some posting on Objectivism Online shortly.

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Two of my poems pertain to content in this philosophy paper.



Human is desire to be,

living be, me awash we

seekers of earth, sea, and sun.


Our breath and touch, our say

yes to life. Not in frameless-space way,

not we purely living chambers.


Whirl of mind is life in life.

Life is home, whole plane for strife,

all place of makes and loves, all worth.


Exist that is out we, in we live,

we with minds of world ours to give

we makers and embracers.


Nothing at all seen or breathed,

not a whit. Then none could see, nothing be wreathed.

No matter to mind, no mind to live.


No matter touched

nor intoned, no mind is launched.

No inner shores, oars, seas.


Life from earth, sea, and sun

pressed into life mattered to run

for kind, for one. Running to run.


Man, woman, run the shoring sand.

Mattered thought, stars filling hand,

weaving passage, turning situation, tracing all.        (Oct. 2017)


~The Song~

The world and you are with me.

It and you make and move me.

I make and move in the world and you.


Now was will be it is.

It is pass we pace.

It is field we trace.

It is trait we lace.

We it we live, of it, of we.


The world and I are with you.

It and I make and move you.

You make and move in the world and me.                (January 2014, July 2019)

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