The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘A Neglected Argument for the Reality of God (G)’


[Symbols are] signs which represent their objects simply because they will be so understood, or arbitrary signs. [—] The denotation of a symbol is always definitely general, that is it stands for any object its interpreter may choose provided it be of a certain description, and not merely for some unspecified object of that description which its utterer may have in mind.

1908 [c.]
MS [R] 842:33-34
‘Symbol’ (pub. 13.01.15-17:15). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Jan 13, 2015, 17:15 by Mats Bergman
Last revised: 
Mar 04, 2016, 12:18 by Mats Bergman