Relata-specific relations: a response to Vallicella

TitleRelata-specific relations: a response to Vallicella
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWieland, JWillem, Betti, A
JournalDialectica
Volume62
Number4
Pagination509–524
ISSN0012-2017
Abstract

According to Vallicella's 'Relations, Monism, and the Vindication of Bradley's Regress' (2002), if relations are to relate their relata, some special operator must do the relating. No other options will do. In this paper we reject Vallicella's conclusion by considering an important option that becomes visible only if we hold onto a precise distinction between the following three feature-pairs of relations: internality/externality, universality/particularity, relata-specificity/relata-unspecificity. The conclusion we reach is that if external relations are to relate their relata, they must be relata-specific (and no special operator is needed). As it eschews unmereological complexes, this outcome is of relevance to defenders of the extensionality of composition.

URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1746-8361.2008.01167.x
Citation Key1985316