The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Cambridge Lectures on Reasoning and the Logic of Things: Detached Ideas continued and the Dispute between Nominalists and Realists’


There are three ways in which signs can be studied, first as to the general conditions of their having any meaning, which is the Grammatica Speculativa of Duns Scotus, second as to the condions of their truth, which is logic, and thirdly, as to the conditions of their transferring their meaning to other signs.

RLT 146; NEM 4:331
‘Speculative Grammar’ (pub. 27.01.13-17:38). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jan 27, 2013, 17:38 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Nov 20, 2015, 11:38 by Mats Bergman