Natural Kinds, Conceptual Change, and the Duck-Bill Platypus: LaPorte on Incommensurability
In Chap. 5 of Natural Kinds and Conceptual Change Joseph LaPorte defends the view that the meaning-change of natural-kind terms does not open the door to Kuhnian incommensurability and is compatible with scientific progress. LaPorte’s strategy consists in disentangling meaning-change from theory-change, by contrast with proponents of the “‘incommensurability thesis’, who insist that conceptual change is marked by linguistic change”.
KeywordsMammary Gland Conceptual Change Natural Kind Causal Theory Observable Property
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