The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Basis of Pragmaticism’


Take any proposition and erase certain parts of it, so that it is no longer a proposition but only a blank form which after every blank had been filled by a proper name would become a proposition, however nonsensical. Such a blank form of proposition which can be converted into a proposition by filling every blank with a proper name has been called by the writer a rheme. There may be any integer non-negative number of blanks, so that the term rheme is extended even to a full proposition, when it is looked upon as having a number of blanks which happens to be zero

1905 [c.]
MS [R] 280:19-20
‘Rhema’ (pub. 18.08.13-20:46). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 18, 2013, 20:46 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Jan 02, 2016, 15:49 by Mats Bergman