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Incommensurability and the Bonfire of the Meta-Theories: Response to Mizrahi

Patton, Lydia (2015) Incommensurability and the Bonfire of the Meta-Theories: Response to Mizrahi. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 4 (7). pp. 51-58.

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Abstract

Scientists working within a paradigm must play by the rules of the game of that paradigm in solving problems, and that is why incommensurability arises when the rules of the game change. If we deny the thesis of the priority of paradigms, then there is no good argument for the incommensurability of theories and thus for taxonomic incommensurability, because there is no invariant way to determine the set of results provable, puzzles solvable, and propositions cogently formulable under a given paradigm.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Patton, Lydiacritique@vt.edu
Keywords: Thomas Kuhn, paradigm shifts, taxonomic incommensurability, incommensurability, Feyerabend, paradigm, Structure, history of philosophy of science
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Theory Change
Depositing User: Dr Lydia Patton
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2015 14:05
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2015 14:05
Item ID: 11590
Journal or Publication Title: Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective
Publisher: DIgital wing of the journal Social Epistemology, Taylor & Francis
Official URL: http://social-epistemology.com/2015/07/22/incommen...
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Specific Sciences > Medicine
General Issues > Theory Change
Date: 22 July 2015
Page Range: pp. 51-58
Volume: 4
Number: 7
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11590

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