The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Firstness, Secondness, Thirdness, and the Reducibility of Fourthness [R]’


…in the first place a sign may, in its own firstness, either be a mere idea or quality of feeling, or it may be a ‘sinsign’, that is, an individual existent (and P. holds, with Hegel, that existence consists in the blind reaction of the existent with the rest of the universe in which it exists), or it may (like a word) be a general type (‘legisign’) to which existents may conform.

MS [R] 914:6
‘Sinsign’ (pub. 15.01.15-10:44). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jan 15, 2015, 10:44 by Mats Bergman
Last revised: 
Aug 24, 2017, 12:30 by Mats Bergman