Leibnizs Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles

Hardcover | September 14, 2014

byGonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra

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Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra presents an original study of the place and role of the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz's philosophy. The Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things; Leibniz derived it from more basic principles andused it to establish important philosophical theses. Rodriguez-Pereyra aims to establish what Leibniz meant by the Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles, what his arguments for and from it were, and to assess those arguments and Leibniz's claims about the Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles.He argues that Leibniz had a very strong version of the principle, according to which no possibilia (whether or not they belong to the same possible world) are intrinsically perfectly similar, where this excludes things that differ in magnitude alone. The book discusses Leibniz's arguments for the Identity of Indiscernibles in the Meditation on the Principle of the Individual, the Discourse on Metaphysics, Notationes Generales, Primary Truths, the letter to Casati of 1689, the correspondence with Clarke, as well as the use of the Identity ofIndiscernibles in Leibniz's arguments against the Cartesian conception of the material world, atoms, absolute space and time, the Lockean conception of the mind as a tabula rasa, and freedom of indifference. Rodriguez-Pereyra argues that the Identity of Indiscernibles was a central but inessentialprinciple of Leibniz's philosophy.

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Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra presents an original study of the place and role of the Identity of Indiscernibles in Leibniz's philosophy. The Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles rules out numerically distinct but perfectly similar things; Leibniz derived it from more basic principles andused it to establish important philosophical ...

Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra obtained his PhD from the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Nottingham, and Torcuato Di Tella (Buenos Aires). He currently teaches at the University of Oxford. He is the author of Resemblance Nominalism (OUP, 2002), and has written extensively on metaphysics and early mo...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:September 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198712669

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1. Introduction2. The meaning and status of the Identity of Indiscernibles3. Some early texts4. The Discourse on Metaphysics and Notationes Generales5. Primary Truths6. Leibniz's letter to Casati7. Indiscernible possibilia and the perfection of the world8. The correspondence with Clarke9. Necessity revisited10. The Cartesian material world11. Atoms12. Space and time13. Minds14. Accidents15. ConclusionReferencesIndex