The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Basis of Pragmaticism’


I propose to use the word Phaneron as a proper name to denote the total content of any one consciousness (for any one is substantially any other), the sum of all we have in mind in any way whatever, regardless of its cognitive value. This is pretty vague: I intentionally leave it so. I will only point out that I do not limit the reference to an instantaneous state of consciousness; for the clause “in any way whatever” takes in memory and all habitual cognition.

EP 2:362
‘Phaneron’ (pub. 06.02.13-17:54). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Feb 06, 2013, 17:54 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:59 by Commens Admin