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## symmetric relation

Overview page. Subjects: Computing.

A binary relation ∼ on a set S is symmetric if, for all a and b in S, whenever ab then ba.

## symmetric relation

in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 89 words.

A binary, i.e. two-term, relation is symmetric, or symmetrical, when it holds both ways if at all, i.e. if it

## symmetric

in The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

January 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 30 words.

A *relation is symmetric when if Rxy, then Ryx. For example, if a person x

## symmetric

in The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 30 words.

A *relation is symmetric when if Rxy, then Ryx. For example, if a person x

## causal asymmetry

in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 189 words.

Causation seems to be an anti symmetrical relation, meaning that if an event a is a cause of another event

## equivalence relation

in The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

January 2016; p ublished online March 2016 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 129 words.

A *relation which is transitive, symmetric, and reflexive divides its field into exclusive classes of things. Within each class

## equivalence relation

in The Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 129 words.

A *relation which is transitive, symmetric, and reflexive divides its field into exclusive classes of things. Within each class

## equivalence relation

in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy

January 2005; p ublished online January 2005 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Philosophy. 50 words.

An equivalence relation is a binary, i.e. two-term, relation that is transitive, symmetric, and (strongly) reflexive; for

## causal asymmetry

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

Causation seems to be an anti symmetrical relation, meaning that if an event a is a cause of another event b, then b is not also a cause of a. ...

## relation

Overview page. Subjects: Philosophy.

Philosophically relations are interesting because of the historic prejudice, given its most forceful expression by Leibniz, that they are somehow ‘unreal’ compared to the intrinsic, monadic...

## equivalence relation

Overview page. Subjects: Mathematics — Philosophy.

A relation that is transitive, symmetric, and reflexive. The concept is a convenient generalization or abstraction of equality. It covers most notions of equals, equivalence, and similarity...

## Symmetric Dependence

in Reality and its Structure

May 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 10010 words.

Metaphysical orthodoxy maintains that the relation of ontological dependence is irreflexive, asymmetric, and transitive. The goal of this paper is to challenge that orthodoxy by arguing...

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## Could There Be Unicorns?

in The Seas of Language

February 1996; p ublished online November 2003 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Language. 10947 words.

Kripke argued that there might not have been unicorns: since unicorns are fictional species, they are necessarily fictional. There are three arguments aimed at showing the fictionality of...

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## Building II

in Making Things Up

May 2017; p ublished online June 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 17520 words.

This chapter argues for a particular way of characterizing what it takes for a relation to count as a building relation. All building relations are a) asymmetric and irreflexive, b)...

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## Causal Relations

in The Metaphysics of Relations

January 2016; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 4555 words.

In this chapter the received view of causation, according to which causal relations are a distinctive species of external relation, and causal relata are taken to be pairs of events, the...

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## Grounding in Mathematical Structuralism

in Reality and its Structure

May 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 10152 words.

The grounding relation is thought to have certain structural properties: irreflexivity, asymmetry, transitivity, and well-foundedness. This paper examines a putative case of grounding that...

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## Metaphysical Interdependence, Epistemic Coherentism, and Holistic Explanation

in Reality and its Structure

May 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 8720 words.

This paper argues for an alternative to orthodox foundationalist accounts of metaphysical structure as characterized by grounding relations. There are good reasons to take grounding to be a...

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## Fragmenting the Wave Function

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 11

October 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 10418 words.

This paper develops and defends a new account of B-theoretic endurantism and a new account of the metaphysics of the quantum state, and highlights the parallels between the considerations...

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## Plural Slot Theory

in Oxford Studies in Metaphysics Volume 11

October 2018; p ublished online September 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Metaphysics. 12861 words.

Slot theory (Gilmore 2013) bears the full brunt of Fine’s (2000) symmetric completions and conflicting adicities problems. This chapter develops an alternative, plural slot theory (or pocke...

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## Explanation in science

in Philosophy of Science

May 2002; p ublished online September 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 5862 words.

What exactly is scientific explanation? ‘Explanation in science’ begins with Carl Hempel's covering law model of explanation, which says that to explain a phenomenon is to show that its...

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## Explanation in science

in Philosophy of Science

July 2016; p ublished online July 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Philosophy of Science. 5633 words.

‘Explanation in science’ begins with Carl Hempel’s covering law model of explanation, which says that to explain a phenomenon is to show that its occurrence follows deductively from a...

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