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- n. this sense?) A representation, a thing serving to represent something (as to an interpreting mind). It is a representation in the sense of something which represents, as opposed to its operation or relation of representing, and also as opposed to a process or activity of representing, which produces it. (The produced representamen can itself seem or be a process or activity, for example a song or a theatrical performance, or a rock's tumbling in an informative way, or a logical argument).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In metaphysics, representation; an object serving to represent something to the mind.
The sign itself (also called the representamen) is the term in the sign relation that is ordinarily said to represent or mean something.
That is to say, the interpretant stands in the representing relation to the same object represented by the original representamen, and thus represents it to yet another interpretant.
Obviously, Peirce's complicated definition entails that we have an infinite sequence of representamens of an object whenever we have any one representamen of it.
Peirce uses numerous terms for the signifying element including “sign”, “representamen”,
(the “representamen”) to (or: in) a third thing (the “interpretant”); moreover, the object is represented by the representamen in such a way that the interpretant is thereby “determined” to be also a representamen of the object to yet another interpretant.