The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Pragmatism’


If a sign produces any further proper significate effect, it will do so through the mediation of the emotional interpretant, and such further effect will always involve an effort. I call it the energetic interpretant. The effort may be a muscular one, as it is in the case of the command to ground arms; but it is much more usually an exertion upon the Inner World, a mental effort. It never can be the meaning of an intellectual concept, since it is a single act, [while] such a concept is of a general nature.

CP 5.475
‘Energetic Interpretant’ (pub. 15.08.13-18:19). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 15, 2013, 18:19 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:55 by Commens Admin