The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Quantity’


A decrease of supposed information may have the effect of diminishing the depth of a term without increasing its information. This is often called abstraction; but it is far better to call it prescission; for the word abstraction is wanted as the designation of an even far more important procedure, whereby a transitive element of thought is made substantive, as in the grammatical change of an adjective into an abstract noun.

DPP 2:411; CP 2.364
‘Prescission’ (pub. 18.07.15-18:35). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jul 18, 2015, 18:35 by Mats Bergman
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Jul 18, 2015, 18:36 by Mats Bergman