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Identity in the Actual World

Benson Mates

in The Philosophy of Leibniz

Published in print June 1989 | ISBN: 9780195059465
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833429 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195059468.003.0008
Identity in the Actual World

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The so‐called salva veritate criterion for the truth of identity propositions, namely that A is the same as B if and only if A can be substituted for B in any proposition salva veritate, is considered in all its ambiguities and other puzzling forms. In particular, Leibniz's explanation of why the criterion breaks down when applied on Fregean “oblique contexts” is discussed.

Keywords: concept; Frege; identity; Leibniz; oblique contexts; sameness; substitutivity

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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