The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Issues of Pragmaticism’


According to the maxim of Pragmaticism, to say that determination affects our occult nature is to say that it is capable of affecting deliberate conduct; and since we are conscious of what we do deliberately, we are conscious habitualiter of whatever hides in the depths of our nature; and it is presumable (and only presumable, although curious instances are on record), that a sufficiently energetic effort of attention would bring it out.

CP 5.441
‘Maxim of Pragmatism’ (pub. 07.04.13-12:41). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Apr 07, 2013, 12:41 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:58 by Commens Admin