Incommensurability and Related Matters

Incommensurability and Related Matters

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Incommensurability and Related Matters draws together some of the most distinguished contributors to the critical literature on the problem of the incommensurability of scientific theories. It addresses all the various problems raised by the problem of incommensurability, such as meaning change, reference of theoretical terms, scientific realism and anti-realism, rationality of theory choice, cognitive aspects of conceptual change, as well as exploring the broader implications of incommensurability for cultural difference. While it offers new work, and new directions of discussion, on the topic of incommensurability, the book also recapitulates the history of the discussion of the topic that has taken place within the literature on incommensurability.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 338 pages
  • 180.8 x 232.7 x 26.2mm | 716.69g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 2001 ed.
  • XXXIV, 338 p.
  • 0792369890
  • 9780792369899

Table of contents

Introduction; H. Sankey, P. Hoyningen-Huene. Incommensurability, Meaning and Reference. Reference, (In)commensurability and Meanings: Some (Perhaps) Unanticipated Complexities; R.N. Boyd. Changing Laws and Shifting Concepts: On the Nature and Impact of Incommensurability; M. Carrier. Ramsification, Reference Fixing and Incommensurability; F. Kroon, R. Nola. Realism and Incommensurability. Incommensurability and Reality; H.I. Brown. Incommensurability and the Priority of Metaphysics; M. Devitt. Incommensurability, Rationality and Relativism. Incommensurability and the Normative Foundations of Scientific Knowledge; G. Doppelt. Reasons, Radical Change and Incommensurability in Science; D. Shapere. Incommensurability, Multiculturalism and Science Education. Incommensurability, Rationality and Relativism: In Science, Culture and Science Education; H. Siegel. Incommensurability and `Multicultural Science'; H. Lacey. Incommensurability, Cognition and Conceptual Change. Incommensurability and Conceptual Change During the Copernican Revolution; P. Barker. Concept Formation and Commensurability; N.J. Nersessian. Incommensurability Bibliography. Notes on Contributors. Index of Names.
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