Book of Köln
1876 March, 6
(MS 1018)


Previous / Next

Bought this book

in Köln


1876 March, 6





March 6 Köln













March 8 Berlin









Spanish translation







An inference having been made, it comes up for reconsideration. This will take two directions

First, inquiry into the grounds of the premises.

Second, into the validity of the reasoning.

The latter consists in supplying as premises what were "leading principles".

Both processes according to me may be carried back indefinitely, without reaching any end.


The proof that the first may be carried back indefinitely is this:

Every premise is a proposition; no proposition is directly observed; whatever is not directly observed is the conclusion of an inference or at least it has to be justified by a proof with premises.

The real mental process of reaching a proposition isn’t an infinite series of inferences but that is its equivalent when analyzed.

Like an infinite series in algebra.











In regard to the difference between a premise & a leading principle:

A leading principle is a habit of mind. Not necessarily a belief because we must be aware of a habit have some sensation to make it a belief. What is the difference between that and a premise? I should say no difference except that the premise is recognized. The process of mental association supposes a thought & a habit. What is the thought?


It must have, first, some sensible element. Then there must be a habit connecting this with another sensation.

Now they tell me I have omitted attention.









May 19









May 24



Autor: Jaime Nubiola (2015)

Proyecto de investigación "Charles S. Peirce en Europa (1875-76): comunidad científica y correspondencia" (MCI: FFI2011-24340))

Fecha del documento: 25 de marzo 2015
┌ltima actualizaciˇn: 31 de marzo 2015

[Página Principal]