Neutral Relations Revisited
Version of Record online: 12 JUN 2007
Volume 61, Issue 1, pages 25–56, March 2007
How to Cite
MacBride, F. (2007), Neutral Relations Revisited. Dialectica, 61: 25–56. doi: 10.1111/j.1746-8361.2007.01092.x
- Issue online: 12 JUN 2007
- Version of Record online: 12 JUN 2007
Do non-symmetric relations apply to the objects they relate in an order? According to the standard view of relations, the difference between aRb and bRa obtaining, where R is non-symmetric, corresponds to a difference in the order in which the non-symmetric relation R applies to a and b. Recently Kit Fine has challenged the standard view in his important paper ‘Neutral Relations’ arguing that non-symmetric relations are neutral, lacking direction or order. In this paper I argue that Fine cannot account for the application of non-symmetric relations to their relata; so far from being neutral, these relations are inherently directional.