The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Letter to J. H. Kehler’


I will venture to guess that you will be surprised to learn […] how true it is that a habit can be acquired by imaginary practice. Out of such considerations, which turn, as if upon a pivot, about the idea that a thought is nothing but a habit connected with a sign, one can build up quite a little philosophy which is what I meant by “pragmatism.”

NEM 3:192; MS [R] 764
‘Pragmatism’ (pub. 06.03.16-19:11). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 06, 2016, 19:11 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 06, 2016, 19:32 by Mats Bergman