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Semantic Incommensurability and Scientific Realism

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


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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
Sankey, Howard
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 15:15
Item ID: 3717
Subjects: General Issues > Realism/Anti-realism
Date: December 2007

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