The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Draft of Nichols Review [C]’


The word pragmatism was invented to express a certain maxim of logic, which, as was shown at its first enouncement, involves a whole system of philosophy. The maxim is intended to furnish a method for the analysis of concepts. A concept is something having the mode of being of a general type which is, or may be made, the rational part of the purport of a word. A more precise or fuller definition cannot here be attempted.

1904 [c.]
CP 8.191
‘Concept’ (pub. 06.06.14-14:44). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jun 06, 2014, 14:44 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Mar 19, 2018, 15:07 by Mats Bergman