Systems Of Interpretation • 9

Figure 2. An Elementary Sign Relation

Figure 2. An Elementary Sign Relation

Re: Peirce List DiscussionJerry Chandler

It is above all important to understand that Peirce’s concept of a sign relation is defined at a higher order of abstraction than any notion of causal or temporal order.

A sign relation L \subseteq O \times S \times I is a structure that can generate temporal sequences of signs that make up a semiotic process but there is no necessary temporal order associated with the relational domains O, S, I nor with the roles of objects, signs, and interpretant signs in any triple of the form (o, s, i) \in L.

As it happens, generative relationships between a generating structure and a generated class of structures are very common throughout mathematics and hardly unique to semiotics.


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