The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Harvard Lectures on Pragmatism: Lecture V’


Philosophy has three grand divisions. The first is Phenomenology, which simply contemplates the Universal Phenomenon and discerns its ubiquitous elements, Firstness, Secondness, and Thirdness, together perhaps with other series of categories. The second grand division is Normative Science … The third grand division is Metaphysics … [—]

For Phenomenology treats of the universal Qualities of Phenomena in their immediate phenomenal character, in themselves as phenomena. It, thus, treats of Phenomena in their Firstness.

EP 2:196-197; CP 5.121-122
‘Phenomenology’ (pub. 04.02.13-21:04). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Feb 04, 2013, 21:04 by Sami Paavola
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