The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Harvard Lectures on Pragmatism: Lecture IV. The Seven Systems of Metaphysics’


Even after the percept is formed there is an operation which seems to me to be quite uncontrollable. It is that of judging what it is that the person perceives. A judgment is an act of formation of a mental proposition combined with an adoption of it or act of assent to it. A percept on the other hand is an image or moving picture or other exhibition. The perceptual judgment, that is, the first judgment of a person as to what is before his senses, bears no more resemblance to the percept than the figure I am going to draw is like a man.

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I do not see that it is possible to exercize any control over that operation or to subject it to criticism.

EP 2:191; CP 5.115
‘Perceptual Judgment’ (pub. 19.07.15-15:22). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jul 19, 2015, 15:22 by Mats Bergman
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Jul 19, 2015, 15:25 by Mats Bergman