The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Letters to Lady Welby’


A sign mediates between the interpretant sign and its object. Taking sign in its broadest sense, its interpretant is not necessarily a sign. [—] A sign […] is an object which is in relation to its object on the one hand and to an interpretant on the other in such a way as to bring the interpretant into a relation to the object corresponding to its own relation to the object. I might say ‘similar to its own’ for a correspondence consists in a similarity; but perhaps correspondence is narrower.

SS 31-2; CP 8.332
‘Sign’ (pub. 26.10.15-11:13). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Oct 26, 2015, 11:13 by Mats Bergman
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Sep 20, 2017, 15:45 by Mats Bergman