Riddles, Legal Decisions, and Peirce’s “Existential Graphs”

  • Roberta Kevelson
Part of the Topics in Contemporary Semiotics book series (TICSE)


As the title suggests, Peirce’s existential graphs, legal decisions, and riddles are members of a relationship that has not been examined from the perspective of semiotics. It is a relationship that, at first glance, seems to resemble Lewis Carroll’s conjunct, “cabbages and kings.” And, like the walrus, this chapter discusses paradox, nonsense, and incongruity in a significant way as they relate to legal semiotics.


Modal Graph Legal Decision Syllogistic Reasoning Hypothetical Reasoning Existential Graph 
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  1. 13.
    See also Taylor (1948), in particular pp. 28–32, 34, 35, 41, 53, 54, 76, 96.Google Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roberta Kevelson
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  1. 1.Pennsylvania State UniversityReadingUSA

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