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Relations

David M. Armstrong

in Sketch for a Systematic Metaphysics

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199590612
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191723391 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590612.003.0003
Relations

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Following Bertrand Russell, properties are seen as the monadic case with the dyadic, triadic, etc. cases constituting the relations. A Principle of Instantial Invariance, that a relation that is a universal has always the same number of terms in each instantiation, is argued for, against Fraser MacBride A distinction is drawn between internal and external relations and it is argued that the internal relations do no more than supervene.

Keywords: relations; Russell; instantial invariance; Fraser MacBride; internal relations; external relations; supervenience

Chapter.  874 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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