A Perfect Fallacy

Ian Goddard (igoddard@erols.com)
Mon, 16 Mar 1998 15:34:24 -0500

Was: ATOMISM: Crackpot Theory

Popular definition of identity:

> IDENTITY 1. exactly the same, as in same houses; a
> relation of complete and absolute sameness or resem-
> blance between two things... 2. ...a meaning relation
> that remains the same in our application of it... 3.
> neither 1. nor 2., but a relation of sameness... [2]
> [2] Harper Collins Dictionary of Philosophy.

IAN: In short, a "relation of sameness" is a fallacy,
for only different things can be related. "Same as"
is "non-identity." We can relate two things that are
similar only to the extent that they are different,
for example that they occupy two different spaces.

The perfect "same as relation" would be a relation of a
thing to itself, but such a relation is a null relation.
Therefore the prevailing atomist definition of identity
is false, irrational, an clearly contrary to reality.

Identity is difference, and difference is holistic.

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