By David Pearce (auth.)
How many miles to Babylon? Three-score and ten. am i able to get there via candle-light? certain, and again back. in the event that your heels are nimble dnd mild, you can get there via candle-light. Any thinker who takes greater than a fleeting curiosity within the sciences and their improvement needs to at a few level confront the difficulty of incommensurability in a single or different of its many manifes tations. For the thinker of technological know-how occupied with difficulties of conceptual switch and the expansion of information, issues of incommensurability are of paramount problem. After decades of skating over, skimming via and skirting around this factor in my reports of intertheory kin in technological know-how, i made a decision to make the leap and make the matter of incommensurability the vital and unifying subject of a publication. the current quantity is the results of that call. My curiosity in difficulties of comparison and commensurability in technological know-how was once woke up within the early life of my philosophi cal reviews via my instructor, Jerzy Giedymin. From him i've got learnt not just to take pleasure in philosophical difficulties but additionally to watch out for simpleminded ideas to them. the colourful seminars of Paul Feyerabend held at Sussex college in 1974 left me in doubtless that incommensurability used to be, and could stay, an immense subject of discussion and dispute within the philosophical examine of human knowledge.