Leibniz's Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles

2015.06.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, Leibniz's Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles, Oxford University Press, 2014, 215pp., $65.00
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2015.06.33 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gonzalo Rodriguez-Pereyra, Leibniz's Principle of Identity of Indiscernibles, Oxford University Press, 2014, 215pp., $65.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198712664. Reviewed by Michael Della Rocca, Yale University The Principle of the Identity of Indiscernibles, according to which -- in one version -- there cannot be distinct things that are qualitatively exactly alike, can seem supremely important. On the truth or falsity of this principle (hereafter: PII) turn the issues of the nature of objects and their individuation, the nature of space, time, and matter, the possibility of innate ideas, and even the metaphysical basis of love: if, as the PII seems to imply, things are nothing over and above their qualitative character, the truth or falsity of the PII promises to shed light on the question of whether we love individuals in virtue of their qualities or whether love is instead directed fundamentally at the individuals. . .

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