The naming of a new philosophy.
The Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Collier-Macmillan, 1972) has more than 4,000 pages, but the word "accident" appears only a dozen times worth noting. The word "effect" has the same marginal importance. Intrigued, I began to look for the real meaning of these two words, which I consider crucial to our existence. For sure, the word "Effectology" cannot be found in any dictionary.
It took the tragic events of September 11, 2001, with its incredible accidents and effects that changed our world in an instant, to propel me to put into writing the philosophy that developed into Effectology. As happens often in life, a deciding factor is needed to spur action. The terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were enough proof for me of what accidents can do, clearly displaying effects and subsequent meanings in real life.
My Effectology treatise is not an academic study, nor is it intended to revolutionize the academic establishment. The minimal academic references I use are to prove my point, not to challenge theories and thinkers. In order to avoid making the bibliographical notes thicker than the text, I am placing my sources in the body of the text.
Intuitively written, this book may be more important for what I left out than for what I put in it, because I did not know more or better. Like any other philosophy, Effectology has its share of faults, but I hope my writing is concise and well-substantiated. I tried hard to avoid the effects of tautology, a common accident of writers.
Now that I have initiated this philosophical thought, you, the reader, are invited to finish it.