The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Pragmatism’


…that the total meaning of the predication of an intellectual concept consists in affirming that, under all conceivable circumstances of a given kind, the subject of the predication would (or would not) behave in a certain way, – that is, that it either would, or would not, be true that under given experiential circumstances (or under a given proportion of them, taken as they would occur in experience) certain facts would exist, – that proposition I take to be the kernel of pragmatism. More simply stated, the whole meaning of an intellectual predicate is that certain kinds of events would happen, once in so often in the course of experience, under certain kinds of existential circumstances.

EP 2:402; MS [R] 318:12
Editorial Annotations: 

At least a part of this passage appears to have been discarded by Peirce

‘Maxim of Pragmatism’ (pub. 13.10.15-18:47). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Oct 13, 2015, 18:47 by Mats Bergman
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Oct 13, 2015, 18:58 by Mats Bergman