more from Charles Sanders Peirce

Single Idea 19257

[catalogued under 17. Mind and Body / A. Mind-Body Dualism / 3. Panpsychism]

Full Idea

I think that what is First is ipso facto sentient.

Gist of Idea

Whatever is First must be sentient


Charles Sanders Peirce (Reasoning and the Logic of Things [1898], VIII)

Book Reference

Peirce,Charles Sanders: 'Reasoning and the Logic of Things', ed/tr. Ketner,K.L. [Harvard 1992], p.260

A Reaction

He doesn't mention Leibniz's monads, but that looks like the ancestor of Peirce's idea. He doesn't make clear (here) how far he would take the idea. I would just say that whatever is 'First' must be active rather than passive.