The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Prolegomena to an Apology for Pragmaticism’


A familiar logical triplet is Term, Proposition, Argument. In order to make this a division of all signs, the first two members have to be much widened. [—] By a Pheme I mean a Sign which is equivalent to a grammatical sentence, whether it be Interrogative, Imperative, or Assertory. In any case, such a Sign is intended to have some sort of compulsive effect on the Interpreter of it.

CP 4.538
‘Pheme’ (pub. 18.08.13-09:16). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 18, 2013, 09:16 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:55 by Commens Admin