The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘A Brief Intellectual Autobiography by Charles Sanders Peirce’


A sign is anything, A, in a relation, r, to something, B, its object, this relation, r, consisting in fitness to determine something so as to produce something, C, the interpretant of the sign, which shall be in the relation r to B, or at least in some analogous relation. Thus, the sign involves the idea of a possible endless series of interpretations. In what relation this entire series, taken as a whole, stands to the object, B, depends upon circumstances.

Peirce, 1983, p. 73; MS [R] L107:25
Editorial Annotations: 

This quote has been taken from Kenneth Laine Ketner's 1983 reconstruction of Peirce's 'Autobiography'

‘Sign’ (pub. 15.03.18-13:39). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Mar 15, 2018, 13:39 by Mats Bergman