The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Topics. Chapter I. Singular Systems’


It is essential clearly to discriminate between vagueness and generality. As applied to assertions, this distinction is very easy. Namely, an assertion is comprehensive in so far as it extends the person to whom it is addressed a certain latitude in the interpretation of it; it is vague in so far as it reserves to the utterer of it a similar latitude.

1903 [c.]
MS [R] 151
Editorial Annotations: 

Peirce has replaced the word "general" with "comprehensive" in this passage

‘General’ (pub. 21.08.17-14:22). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 21, 2017, 14:22 by Mats Bergman
Last revised: 
Aug 21, 2017, 14:25 by Mats Bergman