Ackerman on Propositional Identity
Bertolet (Rod)
Source: Philosophical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 137, Oct., 1984, pp. 499-504
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    Diana Ackerman is perhaps the most recent philosopher to deploy one of the principles often entitled "Leibniz's law1" to argue that at least some propositions containing different but co-referential singular terms must be distinct. I attempt to show that her argument (and by implication its predecessors) fails because the attempt to appeal to the allegedly Leibnizian principle is illegitimate: either the principle is unacceptable, or else its use in the argument is question-begging.

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