Relations Without Polyadic Properties: Albert the Great On the Nature and Ontological Status of Relations

Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 83 (3):225-257 (2001)
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I think it would be fair to say that, until about 1900, philosophers were generally reluctant to admit the existence of what are nowadays called polyadic properties.1 It is important to recognize, however, that this reluctance on the part of pre-twentieth-century philosophers did not prevent them from theorizing about relations. On the contrary, philosophers from the ancient through the modern period have had much to say about both the nature and the ontological status of relations. In this paper I examine the views of one such philosopher, namely, Albert the Great

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Jeffrey E. Brower
Purdue University


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