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Samuel Elgin
Yale University
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The subject of this paper is the epistemology of identity: a general theory of knowledge, evidence and justification for the claim that one thing is identical to another. Although identity figures significantly in our epistemic lives, this is a topic that, to the best of my knowledge, has gone entirely unexplored. Initial attempts to integrate such an epistemology into existing theories of evidence---many of which are tailor-made for contingent propositions---are confounded by the necessity of identity. I defend a restricted form of skepticism according to which the only knowable identity claims are trivial.
Keywords Epistemology  Identity  Generalized Identity  Evidence  Justification  Knowledge  Identity of Indiscernibles
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