The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Forms of Consciousness [R]’


The removal of sensation from the department of cognition, or Knowledge, leaves nothing remaining in that department except what are called Mediate Cognitions, that is, Knowledges through some third idea or process different from either the Knowing self or the Known object. For the sake of giving this Mediate Cognition, or rather the peculiar kind of element of consciousness it involves a single name, I will call it medisense, that is, the consciousness of a middle term, or process, by which something not-self is set up over against the consciousness. All consciousness of a process belongs to this medisense.

1896 [c.]
CP 7.544
‘Medisense’ (pub. 11.09.14-12:24). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Sep 08, 2014, 17:49 by Mats Bergman
Sep 11, 2014, 12:24
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Apr 20, 2018, 08:09 by Mats Bergman