Icon

It is Firstness in the Second Correlate. The Icon represents its object thanks to a communion of qualities that produces a resemblance among them. Actually, a pure Icon does not make any distinction between the object and itself (CP 5.74), in such way that the essence of one fuses into the other’s. A pure Icon cannot exist properly, since existence presupposes Secondness. The Icon is an important conveyer, yet passive, of the Form of the object – and, consequently, of the information that will be derived from such Form.