I have been reading about "relational" theories of science, and could not think of an appropriate word to describe "non-relational" concepts. From my perspective, "relational" refers to "relationships" (between different objects), and anything that is non-relational should refer to things that are internal to any given object, and independent of any relationship to other objects.
Does anyone know of a good word that stands in contrast to "relational"?
It looks like I need to be more specific. Let's say I have a set of objects. Given any two objects, I can describe their relationship (e.g., "the axis of A is 10deg below the axis of B") in way that cannot be done when I consider a single object. I would call such properties "relational". Given a single object, it has properties that are completely independent of the other objects in the set (e.g., "object A is red"). I am looking for a word to describe such properties.
Here is another way to think about the question, that pushes the problem elsewhere. "Atomic" properties are properties of the individual objects (in the literal sense of "atom" as originally introduced: "indivisible"). "Holistic" properties are properties of the entire set. What do we call properties of pairs of objects?