Dualisms, monisms and trinities

The gigantomachia is a battle of three ontological positions: two dualisms, each of which wants to be a monism, and a trinity.

The two dualisms which would be monisms are the gods and the giants. Each represents an ontological position (idealism vs materialism) which inexplicably finds itself confronted with its opposite. Since neither can account for its opposite (at least at the level of supreme reality, which is 'where' the battle takes place), each attempts to annihilate that other in order to establish its own ontological claim. This is what Plato describes as the "battle of gods and giants going on between them over their quarrel about reality" in which "what those others allege to be true reality they call, not real being, but a sort of moving process of becoming. On this issue an interminable battle is always going on between the two camps."

The third party in the conflict, the child, 'holds to both'. Its position is trinitarian because it adds an all-important third element to the two extremes it embraces: their capability of belonging together in peace.

September 20, 2003 in Gigantomachia/Titanomachia, original complexity | Permalink