Identity and Discrimination Paperback – 8 Mar 2013
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"The decades of research since Identity and Discrimination was first published have shown how badly a theory of indiscriminability is needed for understanding a wide range of philosophical problems. Williamson′s discussion has numerous applications in metaphysics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind."
––Susanna Siegel, Harvard University
"This is the first book of one of our greatest philosophers. Unrelenting in his clear, thorough style, Williamson presents a groundbreaking epistemic account of indiscriminability. The unified vision underlying some of Williamson′s best–known subsequent work–––on vagueness, identity, and knowledge–––emerges here."
––Delia Graff Fara, Princeton University
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This updated edition of Identity and Discrimination, first published in 1990 and the first book by well–known philosopher Timothy Williamson, is now reissued with the inclusion of significant new material. This major work – influential in philosophy of perception and the theory of vagueness continues in an original and rigorous way to highlight the necessity of discrimination and the thresholds which determine the approximate criteria of identity.
Williamson s proposal for an original and rigorous theory links identity, a relation central to metaphysics, and indiscriminability, a relation central to epistemology. He provides a distinctive cognitive account of the nature of discrimination, with important applications to the philosophy of perception and the theory of vagueness. The book pioneers the use of epistemic logic to solve the notorious paradoxes of indiscriminability, and develops the application of techniques from mathematical logic to understand issues about identity over time and across possible worlds.See all Product description
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A systematic examination of a narrow issue in epistemology
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This book is another good illustration of modern technical philosophy in this case a narrow problem in the sub-field of epistemology. It is entirely about discriminability and indiscriminability. As it turns out these are not merely mirror images of one another. The first is transitive (works when viewed from either direction) while it turns out the second is not. This difference, and how it relates to notions of identity is the entire subject matter of this book. Very much of the detailed argument of the book is in service of establishing this difference, that is the non-transitive character of indiscriminability. The authors also sketch the relation between this epistemological issue and various metaphysical positions but do not explore them in detail. Not for a casual reader interested in broad philosophical questions, but an important examination of this narrow epistemological issue of value to students of philosophy.