Philosophy Lexicon of Arguments

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Identity: Two objects are never identical. Identity is a single object, to which may be referred to with two different terms. The fact that two descriptions mean a single object may be discovered only in the course of an investigation.
 
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I 45
Identity pain/neural state/Lewis: contingent. But I do not say that we have two states.
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I 45
On the other hand: it is also a contingent truth that Bruce is our cat, but it is wrong to say that Bruce and our cat are contingently identical ((s) as if two creatures had found each other who were previously separated, or separately conceivable.) The contingent element here is that the non-rigid concept of being-our-cat applies to Bruce and not to any other cat.
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IV 57
Definition identity/Lewis: the relation in which everything is to itself and nothing else.

LW I
D. Lewis
Die Identität von Körper und Geist Frankfurt 1989

LW II
D. Lewis
Konventionen Berlin 1975

LW IV
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd I New York Oxford 1983

LW V
D. Lewis
Philosophical Papers Bd II New York Oxford 1986

LwCl I
Cl. I. Lewis
Mind and the World Order: Outline of a Theory of Knowledge (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) 1991


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Ed. Martin Schulz, access date 2017-05-22