The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Reason's Rules’


experience means nothing but just that of a cognitive nature which the history of our lives has forced upon us. It is indirect, if the medium of some other experience or thought is required to bring it out. Duality, thought abstractly, no doubt requires the intervention of reflection; but that upon which this reflection is based, the concrete duality, is there in the very experience itself.

1902-03 [c.]
CP 5.539
‘Experience’ (pub. 25.10.15-12:05). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Oct 25, 2015, 12:05 by Mats Bergman