The Metaphysics of Relations

2016.07.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Marmodoro and David Yates (eds.), The Metaphysics of Relations, Oxford University Press, 2016, 282pp., $74.00, ISBN
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2016.07.09 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Anna Marmodoro and David Yates (eds.), The Metaphysics of Relations, Oxford University Press, 2016, 282pp., $74.00, ISBN 9780198735878. Reviewed by Phil Corkum, University of Alberta This volume of thirteen commissioned chapters and an introduction provides state of the art contributions to both the philosophical discussion of relations and our understanding of the history of this discussion. It is a model of how historical scholarship and contemporary philosophy can complement each other. Part of the success of the approach here lies in its subtlety. The interconnections between the history and the current philosophy are not belabored: the contemporary work is not dragged down with discussion of precedents and the historical issues are developed on their own terms and without the imposition of anachronism. Thematic interconnections emerge organically, and the resulting whole is satisfying. I cannot discuss. . .

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