The Commens Dictionary

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


A symbol is a representamen which refers only to such objects and in such respects as it might determine an interpretant to refer to those objects in those respects, and is hereby alone essentially a representamen, not in virtue of a physical relation or of an agreement of characters, but by a relation subsisting only by virtue of a representation. There must, therefore, be some general rule which connects the symbol with its objects; and it represents whatever that general rule determines it to represent.

1901-1902 [c.]
MS [R] 1147
‘Symbol’ (pub. 10.08.17-14:56). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 10, 2017, 14:56 by Mats Bergman