The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Fourth Curiosity’


…the question of whether anything is real or is a figment is the question what a word or other symbol or concept denotes. If the attributes of or possible true assertions about an object could vary according to the way in which you or I or any man or actual body of single men, living at any time or times, might think about that object, then that object is what I call a figment.

CP 6.328
‘Figment’ (pub. 06.09.15-12:20). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Sep 06, 2015, 12:20 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 07, 2016, 10:55 by Mats Bergman