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Single Idea 16453

[catalogued under 9. Objects / F. Identity among Objects / 7. Indiscernible Objects]

Full Idea

On the bundle theory, the identity of indiscernibles (for 'individuals') is a necessary truth, since an individual is just the co-instantiation of all the properties represented by a point in the space of properties.


The bundle theory says an object is just a bundle of qualities

Gist of Idea

The bundle theory makes the identity of indiscernibles a necessity, since the thing is the properties


Robert C. Stalnaker (Mere Possibilities [2012], 3.6)

Book Reference

Stalnaker,Robert C.: 'Mere Possibilities' [Princeton 2012], p.71

A Reaction

So much the worse for the bundle theory, I presume. Leibniz did not, I think, hold a bundle theory, but his belief in the identity of indiscernibles seems to have had a theologicial underpinning.