The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Basis of Pragmaticism’


We can say, at once, that a sign must have these three characters: First, it must be a recognizable object in itself. Secondly, it must be determined to correspond, according to some principle, and by some species of causation, with something else, called its Object. In a word, whether physically, rationally, or otherwise, directly or indirectly, its Object, as agent, acts upon the sign, as patient. [—] But thirdly, the Sign, in its turn, acts upon the Interpreter-mind, or the quasi-mind corresponding thereto, and produces the Interpretant; and this action is essentially relative to the Object.

MS [R] 283:109-10
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From alternative draft pages

‘Sign’ (pub. 07.03.16-20:26). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 07, 2016, 20:26 by Mats Bergman
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Mar 07, 2016, 20:28 by Mats Bergman