The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Materials for Monist Article: The Consequences of Pragmaticism. Vols. I and II [R]’


…What quality of anything is it that is fine in itself without any ulterior reason? Then the problem of ethics being the study of the general conditions for making the fine existent, it is quite plausible in advance that this may depend upon what the fine is. But it is a part of the solution of that problem that the chief agency for the actualization of the fine must be the action of self-control. As soon, therefore, as we come to see Reasoning, the primary, and indeed the principal, subject of logic, is precisely self-controlled thought, the applicability to it of ethical theory becomes credible, to say the least.

MS [R] 288:25
‘Ethics’ (pub. 09.03.16-13:00). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 09, 2016, 13:00 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 09, 2016, 13:03 by Mats Bergman