The Commens Dictionary
Quote from ‘A Brief Intellectual Autobiography by Charles Sanders Peirce’
Firstness is the mode or element of being by which any subject is such as it is, positively and regardless of everything else; or rather, the category is not bound down to this particular conception but is the element which is characteristic and peculiar in this definition and is a prominent ingredient in the ideas of quality, qualitativeness, absoluteness, originality, variety, chance, possibility, form, essence, feeling, etc.
Peirce, 1983, p. 72; MS [R] L107:22
This quote has been taken from Kenneth Laine Ketner's 1983 reconstruction of Peirce's 'Autobiography'
‘Firstness’ (pub. 15.03.18-13:25). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from http://www.commens.org/dictionary/entry/quote-brief-intellectual-autobiography-charles-sanders-peirce-15.
Mar 15, 2018, 13:25