The Commens Dictionary

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


A state of belief is when a man has a habit, knows he has it, and is satisfied with having it. [—] A man believes in a proposition when he is, and knows he is, and is satisfied to be in such a state that he will act on every pertinent occasion in such ways as would result as consequences of that proposition, taken in connected with other propositions he believes.

MS [R] 873:4 (var.)
Editorial Annotations: 

From an alternate, probably discarded draft

‘Belief’ (pub. 12.03.18-11:27). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 12, 2018, 11:27 by Mats Bergman
Last revised: 
Mar 12, 2018, 11:41 by Mats Bergman