The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘New Elements (Kaina stoiceia)’


It is remarkable that while neither a pure icon nor a pure index can assert anything, an index which forces something to be an icon, as a weathercock does, or which forces us to regard it as an icon, as the legend under a portrait does, does make an assertion, and forms a proposition. This suggests the true definition of a proposition, which is a question in much dispute at this moment. A proposition is a sign which separately, or independently, indicates its object.

1904 [c.]
EP 2:307
‘Proposition’ (pub. 14.06.14-16:46). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jun 14, 2014, 16:46 by Sami Paavola
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Jul 23, 2015, 18:08 by Commens Admin