Ideas from 'Neutral Relations' by Kit Fine [2000], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Philosophical Review' (ed/tr -) [- ,]].

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8. Modes of Existence / A. Relations / 1. Nature of Relations
The 'standard' view of relations is that they hold of several objects in a given order
The 'positionalist' view of relations says the number of places is fixed, but not the order
A block on top of another contains one relation, not both 'on top of' and 'beneath'
Language imposes a direction on a road which is not really part of the road
Explain biased relations as orderings of the unbiased, or the unbiased as permutation classes of the biased?