# Re: [peirce-l] A Question About Categories

```hi claudio, I am traveling through the middle of next week, with only my iphone
to hand. that was a rather abbreviated way of explaining categories and would
require supplementation. if it were only a matter of mathematics, that would
suffice, but we are talking about phenomenology, categories of appearance, so
the question is what complexity of mathematical models are forced on us by the
complexity of the phenomenal domain before us.```
```
regards,

jon

On Mar 29, 2012, at 1:15 PM, Claudio Guerri <claudiogue...@gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear Jon,
> thanks for the constant 'help' that to give to all listers
>
> I have found your explanation of the categories very practical (below in
> red), and since I'd like to quote it, I wanted to ask you if it is yours or
> if you can give me the origin.
> Thanks again
> Best
> CL
> --
> Prof. Dr. Arch. Claudio F. Guerri
> Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo
> Universidad de Buenos Aires
> Home address: Gral. Lemos 270  (1427) Buenos Aires – Argentina
> Telefax: (0054-11) 4553-4895 or 4553-7976
> Cell phone: (0054-9-11) 6289-8123
> E-mail: claudiogue...@fibertel.com.ar
>
> Jon Awbrey said the following on 14/03/2012 03:14 p.m.:
>>
>> Diane,
>>
>> Between any 2 sets of 3 there are 3! (count 'em, 6)
>> ways of forming a 1-to-1 correspondence, and there
>> may be reason for considering the sense of each 1.
>> When it comes to Peirce's categories, which are
>> best understood as the dimensions of relations,
>> relations, respectively, have in common, it is
>> also good to recall that Peirce often stressed
>> the order: 1st, 2nd, 3rd = First, Last, Middle.
>>
>> | By the third, I mean the medium or connecting
>> | bond between the absolute first and last.
>> | The beginning is first, the end second,
>> | the middle third.
>> |
>> | Peirce, CP 1.337
>>
>> Regards,
>>
>> Jon
>>
>> Diane Stephens wrote:
>>> In the book *Semiotics I* by Donald         Thomas, he includes a chart
>>> which shows
>>> concepts associated with firsts, seconds and thirds.  For example, a first
>>> is *quality*, a second is *fact* and a third is *law.*  I understand all
>>> but second as past as in:
>>>
>>> First - *present *
>>> Second - *past *
>>> Third - *future *
>>>
>>> I would appreciate some help.
>>>
>>> Thanks.
>>
>> --
>> Prof. Dr. Arch. Claudio F. Guerri
>> Facultad de Arquitectura, Diseño y Urbanismo
>> Universidad de Buenos Aires
>> Home address: Gral. Lemos 270  (1427) Buenos Aires – Argentina
>> Telefax: (0054-11) 4553-4895 or 4553-7976
>> Cell phone: (0054-9-11) 6289-8123
>> E-mail: claudiogue...@fibertel.com.ar

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