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Relative Identity

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[Revised entry by Harry Deutsch and Pawel Garbacz on August 17, 2018. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Identity is often said to be a relation each thing bears to itself and to no other thing (e.g., Zalabardo 2000). This characterization is clearly circular ("no other thing") and paradoxical too, unless the notion of "each thing" is qualified. More satisfactory (though partial) characterizations are available and the idea that such a relation of absolute identity exists is commonplace. Some, however, deny that a relation of absolute identity exists. Identity, they say,...

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