International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Incommensurability from a modelling perspective

Ronald N. Giere

pp. 265-269


The first thing to realize about Teller's paper is that the title is somewhat ironic. He in fact argues that, given a proper understanding of scientific practice, incommensurability, understood as 'semantic incommensurability", is no problem. But there is another notion of incommensurability, which Teller and some others call "value incommensurabity". In this sense, he argues, incommensurability is ubiquitous, but also not a problem. Thus, incommensurability is not a problem for a sound understanding of scientific practice.

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Soler Léna, Sankey Howard, Hoyningen-Huene Paul (2008) Rethinking scientific change and theory comparison: stabilities, ruptures, incommensurabilities?. Dordrecht, Springer.

Pages: 265-269

DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4020-6279-7_19

Full citation:

Giere Ronald N. (2008) „Incommensurability from a modelling perspective“, In: L. Soler, H. Sankey & P. Hoyningen-Huene (eds.), Rethinking scientific change and theory comparison, Dordrecht, Springer, 265–269.