The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Letter draft to Mario Calderoni’


I use the word phaneron to mean all that is present to the mind in any sense or in any way whatsoever, regardless of whether it be fact or figment. I examine the phaneron and I endeavor to sort out its elements according to the complexity of their structure. I thus reach my three categories.

1905 [c.]
CP 8.213
‘Phaneron’ (pub. 06.02.13-17:52). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Feb 06, 2013, 17:52 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Jan 02, 2016, 16:07 by Mats Bergman