The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Prag [R]’


Consider what effects that might conceivably have practical bearings, – especially in modifying habits or as implying capacities, – you conceive the object of your conception to have. Then your (interpretational) conception of those effects is the whole (meaning of) your conception of the object.

1907 [c.]
MS [R] 322:11-12
Editorial Annotations: 

According to Peirce, the words between the dashes and in the parentheses are additions meant to clarify the original maxim.

‘Maxim of Pragmatism’ (pub. 05.04.15-18:59). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Apr 05, 2015, 18:59 by Mats Bergman