The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Logic viewed as Semeiotics. Introduction. Number 2. Phaneroscopy’


English philosophers have quite commonly used the word idea in a sense approaching to that which I give to phaneron. But in various ways they have restricted the meaning of it too much to cover my conception (if conception it can be called), besides giving a psychological connotation to their word which I am careful to exclude. The fact that they have the habit of saying that “there is no such idea” as this or that, in the very same breath in which they definitely describe the phaneron in question, renders their term fatally inapt for my purpose.

1904 [c.]
CP 1.285
‘Phaneron’ (pub. 06.02.13-17:49). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Feb 06, 2013, 17:49 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 02, 2016, 16:07 by Mats Bergman