The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘New Elements (Kaina stoiceia)’


… every sign is intended to determine a sign of the same object with the same signification or meaning. Any sign, B, which a sign, A, is fitted so to determine, without violation of its, A’s, purpose, that is, in accordance with the ‘Truth,’ even though it, B, denotes but a part of the objects of the sign, A, and signifies but a part of its, A’s, characters, I call an interpretant of A.

1904 [c.]
EP 2:304
‘Interpretant’ (pub. 12.08.13-20:54). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 12, 2013, 20:54 by Sami Paavola
Last revised: 
Nov 12, 2015, 16:28 by Mats Bergman