Quotation by Charles Sanders Peirce

A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity. It addresses somebody, that is, creates in the mind of that person an equivalent sign, or perhaps a more developed sign. That sign which it creates I call the interpretant of the first sign. The sign stands for something, its object. It stands for that object, not in all respects, but in reference to a sort of idea, which I have sometimes called the ground of the representamen.
Charles Sanders Peirce (1839–1914), U.S. philosopher, logician. From an unidentified fragment c. 1897. Collected Papers, vol. 2, para. 228, Harvard University Press (1934).
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