The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Harvard Lectures on the Logic of Science. Lecture I’


… we have now established three species of representations: copies, signs, and symbols; of the last of which only logic treats. A second approximation to a definition of it then will be, the science of symbols in general and as such. But this definition is still too broad; this might, indeed, form the definition of a certain science which would be a branch of Semiotic or the general science of representations which might be called Symbolistic, and of this Logic would be a species.

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‘Semeiotic’ (pub. 19.08.13-18:27). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 19, 2013, 18:27 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Jun 16, 2015, 08:43 by Mats Bergman