Re: Peirce List • Mike Bergman • Valentine Daniel
Questions have arisen about the different styles of diagrams and figures used to represent triadic sign relations in Peircean semiotics. What do they mean? Which style is best? Among the most popular pictures some use geometric triangles while others use the three‑pronged graphs Peirce used in his logical graphs to represent triadic relations.
Diagrams and figures, like any signs, can serve to communicate the intended interpretants and thus to coordinate the conduct of interpreters toward the intended objects — but only in communities of interpretation where the conventions of interpretation are understood. Conventions of interpretation are by comparison far more difficult to communicate.
That brings us to the first question we have to ask about the possibility of communication in this area, namely, what conventions of interpretation are needed to make sense of these diagrams, figures, and graphs?
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