The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Multitude (in mathematics)’


Multitude (in mathematics) [Lat. multitudo]: Ger. Mächtigkeit, Cardinalzahl; Fr. puissance; Ital. moltitudine. That relative character of a collection which makes it greater than some collections and less than others. A collection, say that of the A’s, is greater than another, say that of the B’s, if, and only if, it is impossible that there should be any relation r, such that every A stands in the relation r to a B to which no other A is in the relation r.

DPP 2:117; CP 3.626
‘Multitude’ (pub. 11.08.17-15:00). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 11, 2017, 15:00 by Mats Bergman
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Aug 11, 2017, 15:01 by Mats Bergman