Essay heading: Internal-External Relations

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The big problem that Russell found with this doctrine was in dealing with ?asymmetric relations.' Russell believed that the doctrine of internal relations was unable to explain cases of ?asymmetrical' relations, which he understood to be an integral part of mathematics and order. The only kinds of propositions that seemed explainable through internal relations were ones that stated equivalence relations such as ?a is as big as b...
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An example of ?asymmetrical' relations taken from Russell and Frege, is described as ?a is heavier then b' where ?is heavier than b' is the predicate. This means that there is nothing that shows a natural property of a because it draws reference to b. This shows that there is a relationship between a and b...
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