The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Hume's Argument against Miracles, and the Idea of Natural Law (Hume)’


A state of belief in a proposition is such a state that the believer would on every pertinent occasion act according to the logical consequence of that proposition, He has a habit, and the proposition describes in abstract terms what sort of a habit it is. But for genuine belief, the man must not only have the habit, but must be aware of having it, and must be fully satisfied with having it. I will not say that no more than that is involved in saying that a man believes a proposition, but I think we may say that that constitutes practical belief.

MS [R] 873:4 (var.); HP 2:912
‘Practical Belief’ (pub. 10.11.15-09:51). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Nov 10, 2015, 09:51 by Mats Bergman
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Nov 10, 2015, 09:52 by Mats Bergman