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Peirce and Triadomania: A Walk in the Semiotic Wilderness by C. W. Spinks

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92). Apparently, "genuine" relations meet the exact stipulations of the categories, and "degenerate" ones do not. 23 However, this is not a circular self-referential process, for diagrammatic thinking engages is exactly that kind of distinction. It is an essential function of the logic of relatives to do this kind of prescission: genuine categories prescinded from Substance and Being or degrees of degeneracy prescinded from genuine portrayal, just as much as it does any other kind of abstraction.

A n d he generally uses those derived patterns in the same m a n n e r as the m o n a d , based on chemical b o n d i n g , mathematical structures, and logical relations. 571-608). 438) and m a t h e m a t ical arguments. But the dyad is m u c h more productive f o r Peirce than firstness, f o r it is the most obvious of the categories. 308). It is in m a n y ways the clearest and most graspable of the categories because it is the most c o m m o n , most insistent, and most readily available of the three universes of experience.

A ellipse crossed by a straight line is a sort of cubic curve; for a cubic is a curve which is cut thrice by a straight line Still the ellipse with the straight line across it would not have the characteristics of a cubic. It would have, for instance, no contrary flexure, which no true cubic has. The geometers say that is a degenerate cubic. 92). Apparently, "genuine" relations meet the exact stipulations of the categories, and "degenerate" ones do not. 23 However, this is not a circular self-referential process, for diagrammatic thinking engages is exactly that kind of distinction.

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