The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Grand Logic: Book I. Of Reasoning in General. Introduction. The Association of Ideas’


All inferences are really performed under the influence of the law of association. But all psychical actions divide into two great classes, those which are performed under the uncontrolled governance of association and those in which by the “agency” of consciousness, – whatever that may mean, – the actions come under self-criticism and self-control. The latter class of actions may be pronounced good or bad; the former could not be otherwise than they were.

1893 [c.]
CP 7.444
‘Law of Association’ (pub. 26.07.15-11:19). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jul 26, 2015, 11:19 by Mats Bergman
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Jul 26, 2015, 11:20 by Mats Bergman