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Semantic Incommensurability and Scientific Realism

Sankey, Howard (2007) Semantic Incommensurability and Scientific Realism. [Preprint]

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    Abstract

    This paper reviews the situation with respect to the referential approach to the problem of semantic incommensurability. It argues that the thesis of semantic incommensurability does not pose a significant threat to scientific realism. However, there exists a "non-realist" defence of incommensurability, according to which the referential approach begs the question against advocates of the incommensurability thesis. This defence is criticized, and the basis for a realist response to incommensurability is presented.


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    Item Type: Preprint
    Keywords: scientific realism, incommensurability, meta-incommensurability
    Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
    Depositing User: Howard Sankey
    Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2007
    Last Modified: 07 Oct 2010 11:15
    Item ID: 3717
    URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3717

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