The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Harvard Lectures on the Logic of Science. Lecture VIII: Forms of Induction and Hypothesis’


By a symbol I mean [a representation] which upon being presented to the mind - without any resemblance to its object and without any reference to a previous convention - calls up a concept. I consider concepts, themselves, as a species of symbols.

A symbol is subject to three conditions. 1st it must represent an object or informed and representable thing. Second it must be a manifestation of logos, or represented and realizable form. Third it must be translatable into another language or system of symbols.

W 1:257-258
‘Symbol’ (pub. 05.05.13-10:56). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
May 05, 2013, 10:56 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:57 by Commens Admin