The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Suggestions for a Course of Entretiens leading up through Philosophy to the Questions of Spiritualism, Ghosts, and finally to that of Religion’


The third kind of reasoning may fairly be called Induction, although it does not agree precisely with any one of the meanings attributed to this word. I apply it to any method of inquiry which is justified as a provisional result of a method which in the long run must lead to the truth. But such justification has several grades.

1906 [c.]
MS [R] 876:4
‘Induction’ (pub. 19.10.15-19:41). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Oct 19, 2015, 19:41 by Mats Bergman