In Roger Crisp & Brad Hooker (eds.), Well-Being and Morality: Essays in Honour of James Griffin. Clarendon Press. pp. 21--38 (2000)
AbstractTwo options are incommensurate in value if neither is better than the other, and if a small improvement or worsening of one does not necessarily make it determinately better or worse than the other. If a person faces a sequence of choices between incommensurate options, she may end up with a worse options than she could have had, even though none of her choices are irrational. Yet it seems that rationality should save her from this bad outcome. This is the practical problem posed by incommensurability of values, and it may be solved by a new account of practical reasoning.
Similar books and articles
Incommensurability and Moral Value.Mark R. Reiff - 2014 - Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13 (3):237-268.
Are Intentions Reasons? And How Should We Cope with Incommensurable Values.John Broome - 2001 - In Christopher W. Morris & Arthur Ripstein (eds.), Practical Rationality and Preference: Essays for David Gauthier. Cambridge University Press. pp. 98--120.
The Impossibility of Incommensurable Values.Chris Kelly - 2008 - Philosophical Studies 137 (3):369 - 382.
Comparing the Incommensurable: Constitutional Principles, Balancing and Rational Decision.Virgílio Afonso da Silva - 2011 - Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 31 (2):273-301.
Pluralism, Scientific Knowledge, and the Fallacy of Overriding Values.John Kekes - 1995 - Argumentation 9 (4):577-594.
Free Speech or Equal Respect?: Liberalism's Competing Values.John William Tate - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (9):987-1020.
Some Simple Rational Conflict Resolution Procedures for Incommensurable Values.Donald Scherer - 1984 - Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy 6:17-26.
Changing Cultures? Government Intervention in Higher Education 1987–93.Mary Tasker & David Packham - 1994 - British Journal of Educational Studies 42 (2):150-162.
Politics as the Quest for Unity.Brian T. Trainor - 2008 - Philosophy and Social Criticism 34 (8):905-924.
Incommensurability.Harold I. Brown - 1983 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 26 (1):3 – 29.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
Updating as Communication.Sarah Moss - 2012 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (2):225-248.
Incommensurability (and Incomparability).Ruth Chang - 2013 - In Hugh LaFollette (ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Blackwell. pp. 2591-2604.
Practical Language: Its Meaning and Use.Nathan A. Charlow - 2011 - Dissertation, University of Michigan
References found in this work
Is Incommensurability Vagueness?John Broome - 1997 - In Ruth Chang (ed.), Incommensurability, Incomparability and Practical Reason. Harvard University Press.
Incommensurability: What's the Problem.James Griffin - 1997 - In Ruth Chang (ed.), Incommensurability, Incomparability and Practical Reason. Harvard University Press. pp. 42.