The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Definitions for Baldwin's Dictionary [R]’


A representamen, or sign, is anything (not necessarily real) which stands at once in a relation of correspondence to a second third, its object, and to another possible representamen, its interpretant, which it determines to correspondence with the same object. It thus involves the idea of a possible endless series.

1901-1902 [c.]
MS [R] 1147
Editorial Annotations: 

It is unclear whether the clarification in parenthesis should be placed after "anything" or "second third"

‘Representamen’ (pub. 10.08.17-16:45). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 10, 2017, 16:45 by Mats Bergman
Aug 10, 2017, 16:45
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Aug 10, 2017, 16:47 by Mats Bergman