The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Law of Mind’


One of the most marked features about the law of mind is that it makes time to have a definite direction of flow from past to future. The relation of past to future is, in reference to the law of mind, different from the relation of future to past. This makes one of the great contrasts between the law of mind and the law of physical force, where there is no more distinction between the two opposite directions in time than between moving northward and moving southward.

In order, therefore, to analyze the law of mind, we must begin by asking what the flow of time consists in.

W 8:146; CP 6.127-8
‘Law of Mind’ (pub. 26.07.15-20:37). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jul 26, 2015, 20:37 by Mats Bergman
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Jul 26, 2015, 20:38 by Mats Bergman