A sign must be physically instantiated

If a sign-in-action is to have any active mode of being, it must be physically instantiated:


“Since a sign is not identical with the thing signified, but differs from the latter in some respects, it must plainly have some characters which belong to it in itself, and have nothing to do with its representative function. These I call the material qualities of the sign” (Peirce CP 5.287).

João Queiroz

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