Incommensurability and the Bonfire of the Meta-Theories: Response to Mizrahi

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Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, Vol: 4, Issue: 7, Page: 51-58

Publication Year:
2015
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http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11590
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Lydia Patton
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DIgital wing of the journal Social Epistemology, Taylor & Francis
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Scientists working within a paradigm must play by the rules of the game of that paradigm in solving problems, and that is why incommensurability arises when the rules of the game change. If we deny the thesis of the priority of paradigms, then there is no good argument for the incommensurability of theories and thus for taxonomic incommensurability, because there is no invariant way to determine the set of results provable, puzzles solvable, and propositions cogently formulable under a given paradigm.

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