Neutral relations revisited

Dialectica 61 (1):25–56 (2007)
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Fraser MacBride
University of Manchester
Abstract
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.
Keywords Relations  Positionalism  Antipositionalism  Direction  Order  Fine
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DOI 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2007.01092.x
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