The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘New Elements (Kaina stoiceia)’


If from a propositional symbol we erase one or more of the parts which separately denote its objects, the remainder is what is called a rhema; but I shall take the liberty of calling it a term. [—] On the whole, it appears to me that the only difference between my rhema and the “term” of other logicians is that the latter contains no explicit recognition of its own fragmentary nature. But this is as much as to say that logically their meaning is the same; and it is for that reason that I venture to use the old, familiar word “term” to denote the rhema.

1904 [c.]
EP 2:308-10
‘Rhema’ (pub. 18.08.13-20:19). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 18, 2013, 20:19 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Nov 16, 2015, 15:04 by Mats Bergman