The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Bed-Rock Beneath Pragmaticism’


…the Phemic Sheet iconizes the Universe of Discourse, since it more immediately represents a field of Thought, or Mental Experience, which is itself directed to the Universe of Discourse, and considered as a sign, denotes that Universe. Moreover, it [is because it must be understood] as being directed to that Universe, that it is iconized by the Phemic Sheet. So, on the principle that logicians call “the Nota notae” that the sign of anything, X, is itself a sign of the very same X, the Phemic Sheet, in representing the field of attention, represents the general object of that attention, the Universe of Discourse.

CP 4.561 n. 1
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The insertion in square brackets was added by the editors of the Collected Papers

‘Universe of Discourse’ (pub. 25.11.12-14:15). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Nov 25, 2012, 14:15 by Mats Bergman
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Nov 19, 2015, 19:38 by Mats Bergman