The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Pragmatism, Prag [R]’


By a categorical resolution I mean a representation to oneself that one will behave in a certain general way in a certain expected contingency, this representation being received with satisfaction, being rehearsed with pleasure, and perhaps exciting a special effort to learn it as a lesson. The purpose toward the accomplishment of which the action tends is taken for granted.

1905 [c.]
CP 5.517 n.
‘Categorical Resolution’ (pub. 11.08.17-14:10). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 11, 2017, 14:10 by Mats Bergman