Icon Index Symbol • 2

Questions Concerning Certain Faculties Claimed For Signs

Re: Peirce List (1) (2) (3)Jon Alan Schmidt

JAS:  What class of Sign is a law of nature?

I’ve mentioned the following possibility several times before, but maybe not too recently.

A sign relation L is a subset of a cartesian product O \times S \times I, where O, S, I are the object, sign, interpretant domains, respectively.  In a systems-theoretic framework we may think of these domains as dynamical systems.

We often work with sign relations where S = I but it is entirely possible to consider sign relations where all three domains are one and the same.  Indeed, it could be the case that O = S = I = U, where the system U is the entire universe.  This would make the entire universe a sign of itself to itself.

A general way to understand a system-theoretic law is in terms of a constraint — the fact that not everything that might happen actually does.  And that is nothing but a subset relation.

So the law embodying how the universe represents itself to itself could be nothing other than a sign relation L \subseteq U \times U \times U.


cc: Peirce List (1) (2) (3)

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