Identity, Individuation and Substance

@article{Wiggins2012IdentityIA,
  title={Identity, Individuation and Substance},
  author={D. Wiggins},
  journal={European Journal of Philosophy},
  year={2012},
  volume={20},
  pages={1-25}
}
  • D. Wiggins
  • Published 2012
  • Philosophy
  • European Journal of Philosophy
The paper takes off from the problem of finding a proper content for the relation of identity as it holds or fails to hold among ordinary things or substances. The necessary conditions of identity are familiar, the sufficient conditions less so. The search is for conditions at once better usable than the Leibnizian Identity of Indiscernibles (independently suspect) and strong enough to underwrite all the formal properties of the relation. It is contended that the key to this problem rests at… Expand
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