The identity of indiscernibles is a principle of analytic ontology first explicitly formulated by wilhelm gottfried leibniz in his discourse on metaphysics section 9 loemker 1969 308 it states that no two distinct things exactly resemble each other this is often referred to as leibnizs law . The identity of indiscernibles is an ontological principle that states that there cannot be separate objects or entities that have all their properties in common that is entities x and y are identical if every predicate possessed by x is also possessed by y and vice versa to suppose two things indiscernible is to suppose the same thing under two names it states that no two distinct things . Gonzalo rodriguez pereyra presents an original study of the place and role of the identity of indiscernibles in leibnizs philosophy the principle of the identity of indiscernibles rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things leibniz derived it from more basic principles and used it to establish important philosophical theses. Get this from a library leibnizs principle of identity of indiscernibles gonzalo rodrguez pereyra gonzalo rodrguez pereyra presents a new study of leibnizs principle of the identity of indiscernibles a principle which rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things he explores . Get this from a library leibnizs principle of identity of indiscernibles gonzalo rodriguez pereyra examines the place and role of the identity of indisernibles which rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things in leibnizs philosophy
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