How to Reference

How to reference? Since the number of editions of Peirce’s works, it is important to establish some common criteria within the community of Peirce’s scholars. These criteria should guide and uniform our quotation practice. Below you can find the Peirce Research Group suggested criteria to referencing Peirce’s works:

  • for the period 1857-1892: Writings (W).
  • for the period 1893-1913:
    • Essential Peirce 2; if not available on EP2, please refer to:
    • for writings in logic, semiotic, episemology, philosophy of mathematics, history and philosophy of science, see Logic of the Future (LF), Selected Writings on Semiotics (SWS), Reasoning and the Logic of Things (RLT), New Elements of Mathematics (NEM), Historical Perspectives on Peirce’s Logic of Science (HP), respectively;
    • for articles and reviews appeared inThe Nation, see Contributions to The Nation (CN);
    • for manuscript material otherwise unpublished, see Peirce’s Collected Papers (CP). Please note that the editors of CP did not follow a philological cirterion, but a thematic one. Published and unpublished texts from different periods of Perice’s life may be composed into a unified text. Good practice is to check where our CP text actually comes from; if available, please consider adding a reference to the relevant manuscript and to its date.
    • Manuscripts (MS): generally, we quote from manuscripts when they are unpublished, when they are a variant from the published text, or when the published text is problematic (either because it is not the whole text, or because it is mixed with other texts). Manuscripts are quoted with “R#,” when coming from Robin R., 1967. Annotated Catalogue of the Papers of Charles S. Peirce, Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press; “RL#” – Robin catalogue, Letters section; “RS#” – (i.e. Robin Supplementary) when coming from Robin R., 1971. “The Peirce Papers: a Supplementary Catalogue,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society, 7: 37-57. The Robin Catalogue is accessible on the Peirce Edition Project website. The Robin Catalogue Annotated (by Christian Kloesel) is a precious resource available from the Harvard Library website.