The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘That Categorical and Hypothetical Propositions are one in essence, with some connected matters’


A representation is that character of a thing by virtue of which, for the production of a certain mental effect, it may stand in place of another thing. The thing having this character I term a representamen, the mental effect, or thought, its interpretant, the thing for which it stands, its object.

1895-6 [c.]
CP 1.564
‘Interpretant’ (pub. 12.08.13-20:48). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 12, 2013, 20:48 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Sep 01, 2015, 11:41 by Mats Bergman