Philosophical Studies 151 (1):59-78 (2010)

Lieven Decock
VU University Amsterdam
Igor Douven
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
The standard approach to the so-called paradoxes of identity has been to argue that these paradoxes do not essentially concern the notion of identity but rather betray misconceptions on our part regarding other metaphysical notions, like that of an object or a property. This paper proposes a different approach by pointing to an ambiguity in the identity predicate and arguing that the concept of identity that figures in many ordinary identity claims, including those that appear in the paradoxes, is not the traditional philosophical concept but one that can be defined in terms of relevant similarity. This approach to the paradoxes will be argued to be superior to the standard one.
Keywords Identity  Similarity  Conceptual spaces  Context
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9415-5
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