Kuhn's Incommensurability Unpacked Essay by mashford

Kuhn's Incommensurability Unpacked
A look at Thomas Kuhn's definition of incommensurability in relation to his model.
# 6328 | 1,660 words | 1 source | MLA | 2001 | US
Published on Feb 09, 2003 in Philosophy (Science) , Philosophy (History) , Philosophy (Epistemology)

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In this essay the issue of interparadigm incommensurability is introduced and discussed in terms of its implications not only within Kuhn's program, but also with regard to possible historical examples. The conclusion drawn is essentially that the idea, while illustrative of theoretical circumstances, is epistemically problematic in the areas of historical analysis.

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"The problem of incommensurability is central to Thomas Kuhn’s paradigm shifts, both in criticism and acceptance of his model. Its definition is inherently difficult because of its reference to the limits upon the idea of definition itself. Shortly, incommensurability refers to the state of breakdown in meaningful communication between the proponents of two competing paradigms. One should note here the requirement of multiple entities; incommensurability cannot take place under a single paradigm. In this sense, Kuhn’s normal science can be conceived of as a resolution of incommensurability."

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