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Relata-specific relations: a response to Vallicella

Jan Willem Wieland UGent and Arianna Betti (2008) DIALECTICA. 62(4). p.509-524
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.
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published
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keyword
AFFAIRS, STATES, REGRESS
journal title
DIALECTICA
Dialectica
volume
62
issue
4
pages
509 - 524
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000261362000006
ISSN
0012-2017
DOI
10.1111/j.1746-8361.2008.01167.x
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1985316
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1985316
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2012-01-13 08:13:02
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2012-01-13 13:26:35
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  author       = {Wieland, Jan Willem and Betti, Arianna},
  issn         = {0012-2017},
  journal      = {DIALECTICA},
  keyword      = {AFFAIRS,STATES,REGRESS},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {509--524},
  title        = {Relata-specific relations: a response to Vallicella},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1746-8361.2008.01167.x},
  volume       = {62},
  year         = {2008},
}

Chicago
Wieland, Jan Willem, and Arianna Betti. 2008. “Relata-specific Relations: a Response to Vallicella.” Dialectica 62 (4): 509–524.
APA
Wieland, J. W., & Betti, A. (2008). Relata-specific relations: a response to Vallicella. DIALECTICA, 62(4), 509–524.
Vancouver
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Wieland JW, Betti A. Relata-specific relations: a response to Vallicella. DIALECTICA. 2008;62(4):509–24.
MLA
Wieland, Jan Willem, and Arianna Betti. “Relata-specific Relations: a Response to Vallicella.” DIALECTICA 62.4 (2008): 509–524. Print.