The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Prolegomena to an Apology for Pragmaticism’


… a definitely significant Form, I propose to term a Type. A Single event which happens once and whose identity is limited to that one happening or a Single object or thing which is in some single place at any one instant of time, such event or thing being significant only as occurring just when and where it does, such as this or that word on a single line of a single page of a single copy of a book, I will venture to call a Token. An indefinite significant character such as a tone of voice can neither be called a Type nor a Token. I propose to call such a Sign a Tone.

CP 4.537
‘Tone’ (pub. 22.04.13-19:21). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Apr 22, 2013, 19:21 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:57 by Commens Admin