The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Forms of Consciousness [R]’


There are no other forms of consciousness except the three that have been mentioned, Feeling, Altersense, and Medisense. They form a sort of system. Feeling is the momentarily present contents of consciousness taken in its pristine simplicity, apart from anything else. It is consciousness in its first state, and might be called primisense. [—] Feeling, or primisense, is the consciousness of firstness; altersense is consciousness of otherness or secondness; medisense is the consciousness of means or thirdness. Of primisense there is but one fundamental mode.

1896 [c.]
CP 7.551
‘Primisense’ (pub. 11.09.14-12:22). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Sep 08, 2014, 17:42 by Mats Bergman
Sep 11, 2014, 12:22
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Apr 20, 2018, 08:09 by Mats Bergman