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Single Idea 4942

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 8. Leibniz's Law]

Full Idea

It seems to me that the Leibnizian principle of the indiscernibility of identicals (not to be confused with the identity of indiscernibles) is as self-evident as the law of contradiction.

Gist of Idea

The indiscernibility of identicals is as self-evident as the law of contradiction


Saul A. Kripke (Naming and Necessity preface [1980], p.03)

Book Reference

Kripke,Saul: 'Naming and Necessity' [Blackwell 1980], p.3

A Reaction

This seems obviously correct, as it says no more than that a thing has whatever properties it has. If a difference is discerned, either you have made a mistake, or it isn't identical.