The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Logic Chapter I’


… the relation of a repraesentamen to its object (correlate) may be a real relation and, then, either an agreement or a difference, or it may be an ideal r[elati]on or one from which the reference to a correspondent (subject of representation) cannot be prescinded by position. In the first case, that is where the repraesentamen has a real agreement with its object, the representation consists in a likeness; a simple quality of the object is shown but the object itself is not said to exist.

W 1:355
‘Likeness’ (pub. 18.08.13-08:55). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 18, 2013, 08:55 by Sami Paavola
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