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Measurement requires common units of measurement along a single continuum or scale for comparing ‘objects’. If these requirements are not met then the apparent measurements are said to be ...

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A Dictionary of Sociology (4 ed.)

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2015
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Social sciences, Sociology
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32 words

... Measurement requires common units of measurement along a single continuum or scale for comparing ‘objects’. If these requirements are not met then the apparent measurements are said to be incommensurable...

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The Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science & Medicine (3 ed.)

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2007

... A relationship between two characteristics or two phenomena that cannot be directly compared in terms of the same unit, standard, or scale. Incommensurability applies especially to the relationship between two scientific theories, which cannot be compared directly because of the nature of their different propositions or...

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A Dictionary of Media and Communication (3 ed.)

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2020
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Media studies
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49 words

... A problem whereby one theory or set of beliefs makes no sense in terms of another. This is an argument about translatability : a stance sometimes criticized as involving relativism , as in the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis . Some theorists argue that competing scientific paradigms are incommensurable. ...

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James Logue

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Philosophy
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149 words

... . Within philosophy of science, theories which, in a radical sense, cannot be compared are often said to be incommensurable, a term first given wide currency by Kuhn . Scientific revolutions, which involve wholesale discarding of one set of theories in favour of another, are thought typically to produce such radical shifts of meaning that the concepts employed in the theories propounded after revolution simply cannot be expressed in terms of the concepts of pre-revolutionary theory. Commitment to such an incommensurability thesis is liable to...

incommensurability, moral

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Richard Norman

The Oxford Companion to Philosophy (2 ed.)

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2005
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Philosophy
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205 words

..., moral . The idea of the incommensurability of scientific paradigms has been borrowed by moral philosophers to express the idea that, because there is a plurality of values, moral dilemmas may sometimes be irresolvable. The idea is best illuminated by its converse; utilitarianism is the classic example of a moral theory which supposes all values to be ultimately reducible to the one value of ‘happiness’, so that in any situation the various possible courses of action can all be weighed against one another by considering how much happiness...

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Measurement requires common units of measurement along a single continuum or scale for comparing ‘objects’. If these requirements are not met then the apparent measurements are said to be ...
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics (6 ed.)

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2021

...incommensurable Not commensurable . Often used as a synonym for irrational...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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2017

... Values or benefits that are not measurable by a common standard (for example in dollars or cubic metres), and thus cannot be objectively compared. Contrast commensurable...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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2012
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Social sciences
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100 words

... Intangibles. Items that may be considered in a cost-benefit analysis that are not measurable in terms of monetary value. Analyses using sterling or dollars may indicate the monetary or economic viability of a project but not take into account environmental or socio-cultural impacts. For example, the economic case for establishing a third runway at London’s Heathrow airport may seem incontrovertible for UK Ltd (or UK Inc). Political decision-makers consider things such as the environmental impact of air traffic expansion and effect on local...

incommensurability, moral

incommensurability, moral  

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The idea of the incommensurability of scientific paradigms has been borrowed by moral philosophers to express the idea that, because there is a plurality of values, moral dilemmas may sometimes ...
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

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2003
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Language reference, History of English
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14 words

... (math.) having no common measure. XVI. f. IN- 2 + late L. commensurābilis COMMENSURABLE...

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Oxford Dictionary of English (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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116 words
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New Oxford American Dictionary (3 ed.)

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English Dictionary
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2015
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English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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117 words
incommensurable

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Australian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
80 words
incommensurable

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The New Zealand Oxford Dictionary

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
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80 words
incommensurable

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The Canadian Oxford Dictionary (2 ed.)

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English Dictionary
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
English Dictionaries and Thesauri
Length:
48 words
incommensurable

incommensurable  

Values or benefits that are not measurable by a common standard (for example in dollars or cubic metres), and thus cannot be objectively compared. Contrast commensurable.
perspectivism

perspectivism  

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See also epistemology; Thomas theorem.1. Broadly, the stance that the truth of any knowledge or fact is tied to a particular frame of reference (McGuire).2. (philosophy) A relativist and ...
revolutions, scientific

revolutions, scientific  

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An idea most closely associated with Thomas Kuhn, scientific revolutions are shifts from one scientific paradigm to another, where a paradigm is a fundamental research framework that provides common ...
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commensurable  

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Values or benefits that can be measured by a common standard (for example in dollars or cubic metres) and objectively compared. Contrast incommensurable.

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