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David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
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Dialectica 61 (1):25–56 (2007)
Do non‐symmetric relations apply to the objects they relate in an order? According to the standard view of relations, the difference between aRb and bRa obtaining, where R is non‐symmetric, corresponds to a difference in the order in which the non‐symmetric relation R applies to a and b. Recently Kit Fine has challenged the standard view in his important paper ‘Neutral Relations’ arguing that non‐symmetric relations are neutral, lacking direction or order. In this paper I argue that Fine cannot account for the application of non‐symmetric relations to their relata; so far from being neutral, these relations are inherently directional.
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