The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Provisional Tables of the Division of Signs [R]’


The Eventual Interpretant of Sign is all that General Truth that it destines, in view of the other general truths of the universe, conditionally upon its full acceptance. It is the sum and substance of all the real difference that its acceptance will make. Its Initial Interpretant is so much of this as is logically necessary, that vague form of result that can be foreseen from the outset without special observations of fact. The Middle Interpretant is so much of the Eventual Interpretant as a given Interpreter as a fact does derive from the Sign.

MS [R] S46
‘Middle Interpretant’ (pub. 24.11.15-19:35). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Nov 24, 2015, 19:35 by Mats Bergman