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On making a difference: towards a minimally non-trivial version of the identity of indiscernibles


Wörner, David (2021). On making a difference: towards a minimally non-trivial version of the identity of indiscernibles. Philosophical Studies, 178(12):4261-4278.

Abstract

The identity of indiscernibles (PII) states that indiscernible objects must be identical. Many philosophers have held that the PII turns out to be either true but trivial, or non-trivial but false, depending on how the notion of (in)discernibility is spelled out. In this paper, I propose and defend an account of this notion which aims to yield a minimally non-trivial and yet plausible version of the PII. I argue moreover that this version of the principle is immune to a number of well-known and recent objections to the PII.

Abstract

The identity of indiscernibles (PII) states that indiscernible objects must be identical. Many philosophers have held that the PII turns out to be either true but trivial, or non-trivial but false, depending on how the notion of (in)discernibility is spelled out. In this paper, I propose and defend an account of this notion which aims to yield a minimally non-trivial and yet plausible version of the PII. I argue moreover that this version of the principle is immune to a number of well-known and recent objections to the PII.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
900 History
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Philosophy
Language:English
Date:30 April 2021
Deposited On:23 Aug 2022 12:00
Last Modified:29 Jan 2024 02:42
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0031-8116
OA Status:Hybrid
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s11098-021-01647-8
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  • Language: English
  • Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
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