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- n. The state or quality of being intransitive
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- n. The quality of being intransitive, in any sense.
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- n. the grammatical relation created by an intransitive verb
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A majority may thus prefer alternative a to alternative b whereas a (second) majority prefers b to c; meanwhile, a (third) majority prefers c to a. In the wake of this kind of "intransitivity", the decision rule cannot select an alternative that is unambiguously best for any majority.
As spencer points out, it is possible for intransitivity to exist within groups, if two individuals who both claim to be Dems have differing opinions on the valuation of SS choices.
Why be concerned with intransitivity among the three groups as a whole?
Bryan's post on the doubtful empirical usefulness of social intransitivity is probably right.
Background: Riker is deeply impressed by the literature on social intransitivity.
Some defenders of transitivity have replied that our intuitions about the intransitivity of causation in these examples are misleading.
If we accept the intransitivity of indiscriminability, we should allow that it is possible for there to be introspectively indiscriminible perceptions of the world that have different phenomenal characters.
They will instead adjust their preferences to eliminate the intransitivity (but see Schick 1986).
And this intransitivity can lead the self-torturer down a terrible path.
The intransitivity of causation revealed in equations and graphs.