The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Recreations in Reasoning’


Associations of our thoughts based on the habits of acts of reaction are called associations by contiguity, an expression with which I will not quarrel, since nothing can be contiguous but acts of reaction. For to be contiguous means to be near in space at one time; and nothing can crowd a place for itself but an act of reaction.

1897 [c.]
CP 4.157
‘Association by Contiguity’ (pub. 26.07.15-11:38). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jul 26, 2015, 11:38 by Mats Bergman