The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘On Signs [R]’


A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody, that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign.

1897 [c.]
CP 2.228
‘Interpretant’ (pub. 12.08.13-20:41). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 12, 2013, 20:41 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Jan 02, 2016, 15:50 by Mats Bergman