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TitleIncommensurability and Related Matters [electronic resource] / edited by Paul Hoyningen-Huene, Howard Sankey
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 2001
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Descript XXXIV, 338 p. online resource


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


Reference, (In)commensurability and Meanings: Some (Perhaps) Unanticipated Complexities -- Changing Laws and Shifting Concepts: On the Nature and Impact of Incommensurability -- Ramsification, Reference Fixing and Incommensurability -- Incommensurability and Reality -- Incommensurability and the Priority of Metaphysics -- Incommensurability and the Normative Foundations of Scientific Knowledge -- Reasons, Radical Change and Incommensurability in Science -- Incommensurability, Rationality and Relativism: In Science, Culture and Science Education -- Incommensurability and โ{128}{152}Multicultural Scienceโ{128}{153} -- Incommensurability and Conceptual Change During the Copernican Revolution -- Concept Formation and Commensurability -- Incommensurability Bibliography -- Notes on Contributors -- Index of Names

Philosophy Epistemology Metaphysics Language and languages -- Philosophy Philosophy and science Observations Astronomical Astronomy -- Observations Philosophy Philosophy of Science Philosophy of Language Epistemology Metaphysics Astronomy Observations and Techniques


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