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Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles$
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Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198712664

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198712664.001.0001

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Leibniz’s letter to Casati

Leibniz’s letter to Casati

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Leibniz’s Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

Oxford University Press

This chapter is a discussion of the argument for the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz’s letter to Ludovico Casati of 1689. This is not a very well known text, but the letter contains an important and interesting argument for the Identity of Indiscernibles that appeals to the fact that not even God, who possesses an infinite intellect, would be able to distinguish perfectly similar things. The argument, however, turns out not to be valid. An appendix to the chapter provides a translation of the letter into English.

Keywords:   God, necessity, principle of individuation

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