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. 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. The principle of the identity of indiscernibles pii in short which states that there are no two things that are exactly alike is one of leibnizs most influential metaphysical doctrines it is not surprising therefore that leibniz. Get this from a library 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 he explores
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