Neutral relations revisited

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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.

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-56
Number of pages32
JournalDialectica
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007