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Single Idea 21576

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

Full Idea

When we come to asymmetrical relations, such as before and after, greater and less etc., the attempt to reduce them to properties becomes obviously impossible.

Gist of Idea

With asymmetrical relations (before/after) the reduction to properties is impossible


Bertrand Russell (Our Knowledge of the External World [1914], 2)

A Reaction

The traditional Aristotelian reduction to properties is attributed by Russell to logic based on subject-predicate. As an example he cites being greater than as depending on more than the mere magnitudes of the entities. Direction of the relation.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Our Knowledge of the External World' [Routledge 1993], p.58