The Commens Dictionary

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


Existence, though brought about by dyadism, or opposition, as its proper determination, yet, when brought about, lies abstractly and in itself considered, within itself. It is numerical identity, which is a dyadic relation of a subject to itself of which nothing but an existent individual is capable. It is to be observed that numerical identity is not empty verbiage, as the identity of a quality with itself is, but is a positive fact.

1896 [c.]
CP 1.461
‘Existence’ (pub. 29.05.14-15:59). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
May 29, 2014, 15:59 by Mats Bergman
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May 29, 2014, 16:00 by Mats Bergman