The Commens Dictionary

Quote from ‘Prolegomena to an Apology for Pragmaticism’


A familiar logical triplet is Term, Proposition, Argument. In order to make this a division of all signs, the first two members have to be much widened. By a Seme, I shall mean anything which serves for any purpose as a substitute for an object of which it is, in some sense, a representative or Sign. The logical Term, which is a class-name, is a Seme. Thus, the term “The mortality of man” is a Seme.

CP 4.538
‘Seme’ (pub. 18.08.13-18:57). Quote in M. Bergman & S. Paavola (Eds.), The Commens Dictionary: Peirce's Terms in His Own Words. New Edition. Retrieved from
Aug 18, 2013, 18:57 by Sami Paavola
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Jan 07, 2014, 00:55 by Commens Admin