The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘A Sketch of Logical Critics’


To say that a thing is Real is merely to say that such predicates as are true of it, or some of them, are true of it regardless of whatever any actual person or persons might think concerning that truth. Unconditionality in that single respect constitutes what we call Reality.[—] I call “truth” the predestinate opinion, by which I ought to have meant that which would ultimately prevail if investigation were carried sufficiently far in that particular direction.

1911 [c.]
EP 2:457-458
‘Truth’ (pub. 14.04.13-15:03). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Apr 14, 2013, 15:03 by Sami Paavola
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Apr 28, 2015, 20:13 by Mats Bergman