The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Logic of Mathematics: An attempt to develop my categories from within’


… representation necessarily involves a genuine triad. For it involves a sign, or representamen, of some kind, outward or inward, mediating between an object and an interpreting thought. Now this is neither a matter of fact, since thought is general, nor is it a matter of law, since thought is living.

1896 [c.]
CP 1.480
‘Representamen’ (pub. 18.08.13-18:24). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 18, 2013, 18:24 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Jan 02, 2016, 15:50 by Mats Bergman