A Critique of the Translational Approach to Incommensurability

Prima Philosophia 11 (3):293-306 (1998)

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Xinli Wang
Juniata College
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According to the received translational interpretation of incommensurability, incommensurability is viewed as untranslatability due to radical variance of meaning or reference of the terms in two competing scientific languages. The author argues that the translational approach to incommensurability does not effectively clarify the concept of incommensurability. Since it cannot provide us with tenable, integrated concept of incommensurability, it should be rejected
Keywords incommensurability  Thomas Kuhn  Paul Feyerabend  intranslatability
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