The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Definitions for Baldwin's Dictionary [R]’


Information [L. informatio, a sketch, imperfect knowledge.]
The total of all the propositions, accepted in a given state of knowledge, which involve a given term, are independent of one another, and are not implied in the meaning of the term, considered as a quantity belonging to the term in that state of knowledge, this quantity being at once proportional, in a vague sense, to the informed breadth, and to the informed depth of the term.

1901-1902 [c.]
MS [R] 1147
‘Information’ (pub. 10.08.17-11:16). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 10, 2017, 11:16 by Mats Bergman