The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Pragmatism’


The immediate object is the object as the sign represents it: the real object is that same object as it is, in its own mode of being, independent of the sign or any other representation. [—] Every sign must plainly have an immediate object, however indefinite, in order to be a sign. In conversation, it will often be expressed, not in words, but by the environment of the interlocutors. [—] The immediate object resembles the emotional meaning in being common to all signs and also in being subjective.

MS [R] 318:24-5
‘Immediate Object’ (pub. 14.10.15-18:11). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Oct 14, 2015, 18:11 by Mats Bergman
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Oct 14, 2015, 18:17 by Mats Bergman