The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘On a New List of Categories’


This conception of the present in general, of IT in general, is rendered in philosophical language by the word “substance” in one of its meanings. Before any comparison or discrimination can be made between what is present, what is present must have been recognized as such, as it, and subsequently the metaphysical parts which are recognized by abstraction are attributed to this it, but the it cannot itself be made a predicate. This it is thus neither predicated of a subject, nor in a subject, and accordingly is identical with the conception of substance.

W 2:49; CP 1.547
‘Substance’ (pub. 06.09.15-13:21). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Sep 06, 2015, 13:21 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 25, 2016, 16:57 by Mats Bergman