What Makes An Object? • 2

Re: Peirce List Discussison • (1)(2)

Visual metaphors and perceptual analogies can be instructive — they make for most of my personal favorites — but in logic, mathematics, and science our interest extends through the abductive spectrum, from percept formation to where it shades off to concept formation to where it takes off in theory formation.

Objects in logic and semiotics are any objects of discussion or thought — atoms and atomic clocks, bubbles and bubble chambers, clouds and cohorts, determinants and deuterium, electrons and ellipses, galaxies and ganglia, photons and positrons, quarks and question marks, …, you get the picture.

If we take care that our signs make sense, and by this “sense” mean to say they have objects that are logically consistent, then we pass from the realm of mere semiotics, where literary clutches will dilletate till the twelfth of never on the Madness Of Prince Hamlet (MOPH1) or the Method Of Prince Hamlet (MOPH0), or the taste of Organic Martian Potatoes (OMPs), and leaving all that till the twelfth of never we enter the realm of formal or normative semiotics that we know as logic.

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1 Response to What Makes An Object? • 2

  1. tgollier says:


    I think you’re right about metaphors and images, but diagrams, resting as they do on analogies, are tied up part and parcel with perception and logical consistency. While the relationships analogized need not be perceptual, the diagram, in whatever form it takes, should be such that we can “see” the consequences. I’m sure you did that “you get the picture” with tongue in cheek, but it does seem to the point.


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