representamen
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˌɹɛp.ɹə.zɛn.ˈteɪ.mən/
Noun

representamen (plural representamens)

  1. A representation; a thing serving to represent something.
    • 1861, Sir William Hamilton, The Metaphysics of Sir William Hamilton (page 318)
      The Leibnitzio-Wolfians distinguish three acts in the process of representative cognition: — 1° the act of representing a (mediate) object to the mind; 2° the representation, or, to speak more properly, representamen, itself as an (immediate or vicarious) object exhibited to the mind; 3° the act by which the mind is conscious, immediately of the representative object, and, through it, mediately of the remote object represented.
    • circa 1897: Charles Sanders Peirce [aut.] and Justus Buchler [ed.], Philosophical Writings of Peirce, chapter 7: “Logic as Semiotic: The Theory of Signs”, § 1: “What is a Sign? Three Divisions of Logic”, page 99 (from a circa 1897 manuscript (CP 2.227–9), first published in the 1940 selection The Philosophy of Peirce: Selected Writings, and later reprinted sic in 1955 by Dover Publications, Inc., New York; ISBN 0486202178, 9780486202174)
      A sign, or representamen, is something which stands to somebody for something in some respect or capacity.
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