Sinsign

It is Secondness in the First Correlate. According to Peirce, the Sinsign is a pure existent, something that occurs “here and now”, hic et nunc (CP 1.458). Its characteristic is to force its way into the world (CP 1.21), oppose itself to a prior state of things and exist independently of the will of any interpreter. It is, therefore, a dyad (CP1.456) – a reaction of one thing against another, insistence without reason. It is what Duns Scotus has called haecceitas (CP 6.318). A Sinsign presents itself as something existing without the instantiation of any general property.