The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Art of Reasoning. Chapter II. What is a Sign?’


There are three kinds of interest we may take in a thing. First, we may have a primary interest in it for itself. Second, we may have a secondary interest in it, on account of its reactions with other things. Third, we may have a mediatory interest in it, in so far as it conveys to a mind an idea about a thing. In so far as it does this, it is a sign, or representamen.

EP 2:5; MS [R] 1009
‘Sign’ (pub. 05.03.18-11:00). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 05, 2018, 11:00 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 06, 2018, 13:53 by Mats Bergman