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Single Idea 21562

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / A. Relations / 1. Nature of Relations]

Full Idea

Relations in intension are of the utmost importance to philosophy and philosophical logic, since they are essential to complexity, and thence to propositions, and thence to the possibility of truth and falsehood.

Gist of Idea

There is no complexity without relations, so no propositions, and no truth


Bertrand Russell (Substitutional Classes and Relations [1906], p.174)

A Reaction

Should we able to specify the whole of reality, if we have available to us objects, properties and relations? There remains indeterminate 'stuff', when it does not compose objects. There are relations between pure ideas.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Essays in Analysis', ed/tr. Lackey,Douglas [George Braziller 1973], p.174