The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘A Sketch of Logical Critic’


I propose to apply the word [“habit”] to any lasting state of a person or thing which consists in the fact that he, she, or it would behave in a certain way on any occasion of a certain kind. If however all that were true was that the person or thing would so behave oftener than it would but for a special tendency, that I should rather call a disposition.

1911 [c.]
MS [R] 674:15
‘Habit’ (pub. 05.09.15-19:00). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Sep 05, 2015, 19:00 by Mats Bergman