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Terms and Relations

W. J. Mander

in An Introduction to Bradley's Metaphysics

Published in print April 1994 | ISBN: 9780198240907
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191680298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198240907.003.0004
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The pluralist world-view involves not just a multiplicity of separately existing subjects, individuated by their differing properties or arrangements of properties, but also a system of relations between them. They may be bigger or wiser than one another, they may be next to or after one another, they may cause or love one another, or stand to one another in any one of an infinity of other possible relations. F. H. Bradley was a no less savage critic of this picture than of its subject-predicate partner. His arguments against relations captured the attention of philosophers for many years, and are still today the most widely known part of his work. Whatever its level of acceptance among his own philosophical generation, Bradley's whole doctrine of relations was severely criticised by that which followed. This chapter discusses Bradley's position on terms and relations, internal and external relations, qualities with and without relations, relations with and without qualities, the unreality of relations, and monism.

Keywords: F. H. Bradley; philosophy; metaphysics; logic; thought; unreality; relations; monism; terms; qualities

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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