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O h , no; no whit more t h a n the skins of an onion are the onion. ) O n e selfsame thought may be carried upon the vehicle of English, German, Greek, or Gaelic; in diagrams, or in equations, or in Graphs: all these are but so many skins of the onion, its inessential accidents. Yet that thought should have some possible expression and some possible interpreter, is the very being of its being. 6-7,c. 94, 1905). 418,1892). 8,1902), except that the signs employed accurately transmit to the interprétant the same determination that the object transmits to the sign.

309) Clearly, the sign itself is conceived of as a nodal point analogous to the fork in the road, where the three termini of object, meaning, and interprétant (parallel to the three references or correlates of the sign from the 1860s: object, ground, and mediating representation) come together or, more accurately, are bound together. From the earlier notion that the interprétant functions as a synthetic power in uniting in a further representation of the sign both a meaning and an object (a logos and a correlate, in the earlier vocabulary), Peirce here focuses on the mediating role of the sign itself in creating an irreducible triad.

The second pole focuses on the idea of mediation by the representamen as the vehicle or medium of linkage between objects and further mental representations or interprétants. Thus, the sign itself, that is, the perceptible form, is said to mediate between object and interprétant, and the interprétant is mediately determined by the representation standing in place of the object. These two poles correspond to Peirce's 32 Richard J. Parmentier twin concerns with levels of semiosis and mediate representation, on the one hand, and chains of semiosis and mediate determination, on the other hand.

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