The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Logic of Mathematics: An attempt to develop my categories from within’


We can at once see that a pair, having a structure, must present a variety of features; and this is a character in which the dyad differs markedly from the monad, which having no structure nor parts in any sense, is bare of all features except that each one is something peculiar. [—]

A monad has no units. [—]

In the beginning was nullity, or absolute indetermination, which, considered as the possibility of all determination, is being. A monad is a determination per se.

1896 [c.]
CP 1.445-446
‘Monad’ (pub. 12.01.15-18:13). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jan 12, 2015, 18:13 by Mats Bergman
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Jan 12, 2015, 18:17 by Mats Bergman