Incommensurability Naturalized

  • Alexander Bird
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 255)


In this paper I argue that we can understand incommensurability in a naturalistic, psychological manner. Cognitive habits can be acquired and so differ between individuals. Drawing on psychological work concerning analogical thinking and thinking with schemata, I argue that incommensurability arises between individuals with different cognitive habits and between groups with different shared cognitive habits.


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  • Alexander Bird
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  1. 1.University of BristolUK

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