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Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles
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Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Abstract

This book is a study of Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles, the principle that rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things. The Identity of Indiscernibles was a central principle in Leibniz’s philosophy. Leibniz derived it from more basic principles and used it to establish important philosophical theses. Thus this book is about the place and role of the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz’s philosophy. It aims at establishing what Leibniz meant by the Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles, what his arguments for and from it were, and to assess those claims a ... More

Keywords: Leibniz, Identity of Indiscernibles, principle of individuation, atoms, Cartesian matter, space and time, minds, accidents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198712664
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712664.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, author
Oriel College, Oxford