The Metaphysics of Identity: Is Identity Fundamental?

Philosophy Compass 12 (1):1-13 (2017)
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Abstract

Identity and distinctness facts are ones like “The Eiffel Tower is identical to the Eiffel Tower,” and “The Eiffel Tower is distinct from the Louvre.” This paper concerns one question in the metaphysics of identity: Are identity and distinctness facts metaphysically fundamental or are they nonfundamental? I provide an overview of answers to this question.

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Erica Shumener
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