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Single Idea 6422

[catalogued under 8. Modes of Existence / A. Relations / 2. Internal Relations]

Full Idea

The doctrine of internal relations held that every relation between two terms expresses, primarily, intrinsic properties of the two terms and, in ultimate analysis, a property of the whole which the two compose.

Gist of Idea

Internal relations are said to be intrinsic properties of two terms, and of the whole they compose


report of F.H. Bradley (Appearance and Reality [1893]) by Bertrand Russell - My Philosophical Development Ch.5

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'My Philosophical Development' [Routledge 1993], p.42

A Reaction

Russell's first big campaign was to reject this view, and his ontology from then on included relations among the catalogue of universals. The coherence theory of truth also gets thrown out at the same time. Russell seems right.