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 308it states that no two distinct things exactly resemble each other. The identity of indiscernibles has been used to motivate notions of noncontextuality within quantum mechanics associated with this principle is also the question as to whether it is a logical principle or merely an empirical principle. 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. Principle of the identity of indiscernibles julia jorat i the ohio state university leibnizs famous principle of the identity of indiscernibles pii states that no two things are exactly alike the pii is commonly thought to be metaphysically necessary. 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
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