The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘A Logical Critique of Essential Articles of Religious Faith’


The word Reasoning may be used as the name either of a mental action or of a mental occupation. In the latter sense, it is that occupation of the mind in which one casts about for arguments, considers them, and draws a conclusion from them. In the former sense, it is a synonym of inference, or the passage from an argument to a conclusion.

MS [R] 852:2
‘Reasoning’ (pub. 26.05.14-13:19). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
May 26, 2014, 13:19 by Mats Bergman
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May 26, 2014, 13:19 by Mats Bergman