An Incommensurability Discussion From a Linguistic Perspective

Mantık Derneği Yayınları (2018)
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The concept of incommensurability has been a subject of debate in the philosophy of science for a long period of time. This paper will focus on the incommensurability discussion from linguistic aspects. After the introduction and the explanation of the concept of paradigm, I will first illustrate Thomas Kuhn’s initial ideas of the existence of incommensurability and large-scale communication breakdown. Then counter-arguments from Donald Davidson and William Orman Quine will be examined followed by Kuhn’s refined versions of local and taxonomic incommensurability. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate my research results from this incommensurability discussion. As a result, the local and taxonomic incommensurability is what I consider to be more reasonable, which claim incommensurability exists amongst scientific theoretical terms (instead of daily words) due to the inter-defined taxonomic structures that scientific terms belong to.
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