The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Letters to Mario Calderoni’


…although there is but one pure Priman, there are impure and pseudo Primans, as well as Pseudo Secundans. For example, a Leibnizian monad is something which is represented to be all that it is in itself, by itself, and for itself. But this is self-contradictory. If the monad really were for itself alone one could have no more conception of it than one has of the inner life of a pebble on the beach. It would be simply nothing to us. I say, then, that the monad has an “imputed” Primanity, or that it is pseudo-priman. It is represented to be Priman; but, just as being represented, it is really Tertian.

MS [R] L67:29-30
‘Pseudo-priman’ (pub. 19.03.18-10:45). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 19, 2018, 10:45 by Mats Bergman