Figure 2. An Elementary Sign Relation
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 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 nor with the roles of objects, signs, and interpretant signs in any triple of the form
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.
- Awbrey, J.L., and Awbrey, S.M. (Autumn 1995), “Interpretation as Action : The Risk of Inquiry”, Inquiry : Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines 15(1), pp. 40–52. Archive. Journal. Online.
- Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (September 1999), “Organizations of Learning or Learning Organizations : The Challenge of Creating Integrative Universities for the Next Century”, Second International Conference of the Journal ‘Organization’, Re-Organizing Knowledge, Trans-Forming Institutions : Knowing, Knowledge, and the University in the 21st Century, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. Online.
- Awbrey, S.M., and Awbrey, J.L. (May 2001), “Conceptual Barriers to Creating Integrative Universities”, Organization : The Interdisciplinary Journal of Organization, Theory, and Society 8(2), Sage Publications, London, UK, pp. 269–284. Abstract.