The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘The Fourth Curiosity’


.. a sign endeavours to represent, in part at least, an Object, which is therefore in a sense the cause, or determinant, of the sign even if the sign represents its object falsely. But to say that it represents its Object implies that it affects a mind, and so affects it as, in some respect, to determine in that mind something that is mediately due to the Object. That determination of which the immediate cause, or determinant, is the Sign, and of which the mediate cause is the Object may be termed the Interpretant

CP 6.347
‘Interpretant’ (pub. 15.08.13-16:41). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 15, 2013, 16:41 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Mar 07, 2016, 10:55 by Mats Bergman