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Quote from ‘Harvard Lectures on Pragmatism: Lecture V’


Supposing […] that normative science divides into esthetics, ethics, and logic, then it is easily perceived, from my standpoint, that this division is governed by the three categories. For Normative Science in general being the science of the laws of conformity of things to ends, esthetics considers those things whose ends are to embody qualities of feeling, ethics those things whose ends lie in action, and logic those things whose end is to represent something.

CP 5.129
‘Logic’ (pub. 04.05.15-20:10). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
May 04, 2015, 20:10 by Mats Bergman
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Jan 05, 2016, 17:10 by Commens Admin