Semantic Incommensurability and Scientific Realism

Publication Year:
2007
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Repository URL:
http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3717
Author(s):
Sankey, Howard
preprint description
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.