The following question has been involved in virtually everything path of thinking I’ve spent time on, yet I’m no closer to doing anything but taking it a an a priori assumption.
What is a relation? We use the concept of relation all the time, in quantum mechanics, even, without relations between the most basic (non) particles the laws of physics don’t come into being, yet what a relation consists in remains obscure. Do relations somehow subsist in a “between”, or is it the relation that first constitutes such a “between’? If the former, what firstly betweens such that a relation may or may not obtain? Is belonging a matter of an existing relation, or do we speak of relations (and betweens) only a posteriori out of a situation of already-belonging?
Am I missing something obvious, or is there is a basic mystery in what appears initially so ordinary?