The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘New Elements (Kaina stoiceia)’


I have already defined an argument as a sign which separately monstrates what its intended interpretant is, and a proposition as a sign which separately indicates [what] its object is; and we have seen that the icon alone cannot be a proposition while the symbol alone can be an argument. [—] It will be observed that an argument is a symbol which separately monstrates (in any way) its purposed interpretant.

1904 [c.]
EP 2:308
‘Argument’ (pub. 13.01.13-16:58). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jan 13, 2013, 16:58 by Mats Bergman
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Nov 16, 2015, 14:29 by Mats Bergman