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Meta-incommensurability Revisited

Cheon, Hyundeuk (2014) Meta-incommensurability Revisited. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 29 (2). pp. 243-259. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

A popular rejoinder to the potential threat that incommensurability might pose to scientific realism has been the referential response: despite meaning variance, there can be referential continuity, which is sufficient for rational theory choice. This response has been charged with meta-incommensurability, according to which it begs the question by assuming realist metaphysics. However, realists take it to be a rhetorical device that hinders productive discussion. By reconstructing the debate, this paper aims to demonstrate two things. First, there are unexpected commonalities between realists and non-realists, meaning that the charge of meta-incommensurability is more or less exaggerated. Second, meta-incommensurability, which is to be found in the ways to make sense of referential overlap at the token level, still plays a role in the realism debate.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Cheon, Hyundeukhdcheon@gmail.com
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: incommensurability; meta-incommensurability; scientific realism; Sankey; Hoyningen-Huene; token-referential overlap
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2014 12:25
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2014 12:25
Item ID: 10867
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.es/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/vi...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.7125
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 1 May 2014
Page Range: pp. 243-259
Volume: 29
Number: 2
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10867

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