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incommensurability

Definitions

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  • n. The state or characteristic of being incommensurable.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being incommensurable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The property of being incommensurable.

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Examples

  • One of the knottiest dimensions of Berlin's pluralism is the idea of incommensurability, which has been open to diverging interpretations.

    Isaiah Berlin

  • Kant's thesis that rational agents have a dignity and not a price is often taken to be a thesis about a kind of incommensurability, as well.

    Value Theory

  • Hippasus of Metapontum, who was thought by many to have demonstrated this kind of incommensurability, is held by legend to have been drowned by the gods for revealing his discovery (Heath 1921, 154; von Fritz 1970, 407).

    Incommensurable Values

  • A realist response to this kind of incommensurability may appeal to externalist or naturalized epistemology.

    Thomas Kuhn

  • Incommensurability between values must be distinguished from the kind of incommensurability associated with Paul Feyerabend (1978,

    Incommensurable Values

  • But, interestingly, the whole question of incommensurability and incomparability is at the center of a new paper I am completing on the vexed issue of proportionality in the laws of war.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Mallaby on Soros and the Pound, and Some Other Summer Reading in Philosophy and Economics

  • In Berlin's hands, as Gellner saw it, "the history of ideas," Mr. Hall writes, "became something of a game, in which thinkers were damned as dangerous because anti-pluralist or praised for endorsing the incommensurability of values."

    A Combatant in the Battle of Ideas

  • To my disappointment, his book ends up being more a primer on eight major world religions -- a useful and generally reliable primer, it should be said -- than a sustained examination of the incommensurability of the world's religions.

    Book review: 'God Is Not One,' by Stephen Prothero

  • Life — exploits the confrontation with thought and feeling for all it's worth, an exploitation that subsequent years and thinkers will take in unimagined and unthinkable ways, in order to make all kinds of cultural profit, yet also to confront the incommensurability of thought itself, the place where our embodied experience of the world becomes the site of an uncanny, traumatic, apparitional encounter.

    Introduction

  • That is to say, the external conditions of nightlife continually revert to the material ambiguity of verbal reality, thereby betraying the essential inwardness and incommensurability of its primary substance.

    Club Monad

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