incommensurable


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incommensurable

Maths
a. (of two numbers) having an irrational ratio
b. not having units of the same dimension
c. unrelated to another measurement by integral multiples
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And as argued by Lionel Pilkington, Hugh's position is particularly disabling for Ireland: 'The major weakness of Hugh's proposal for cultural recovery, then, is that it does nothing to alter Baile Beag's, or Ireland's position of political and economic dependency; on the contrary it seems to concede the inevitability of this.' (45) But this is not to deny the powerful presence of incommensurable elements, most specifically in Owen's determination to keep piety with the dead and retain the name of Tobair Vree.
Because values are multiple and incommensurable, a liberal regime committed to supporting pluralism is superior to one wedded only to some particular conception of the good life.
In his reading of this passage, McGee suggests that Von Vampton's assumptions, and those of others like him, "can be dangerous insofar as they identify African-American writing with a homogeneous concept of ethnicity." McGee argues, "A 'uniqu e' style breaks away from such a norm." Furthermore, a "unique style" potentially "subverts the ends, or instrumental functions, of race in late capitalist culture by disrupting the process of racial identification through the articulation of the incommensurable" (100).
Il examine finalement comment des decisions preferant la realisation d'un benefice incommensurable au lieu d'un autre peuvent etre prises de maniere rationnelle.
Having provided an introduction to the problems of incommensurability, Part II seeks to provide straightforward, nontechnical definitions for several related and easily-confused terms, including "incommensurability," "incomparability," "incompossibility," "incompatibility," "uncomputability," and "uncertainty."(24) Definitions of these terms are often extremely technical and sometimes serve to obscure, rather than illuminate, the problems of incommensurability.(25) A large part of the confusion and controversy that exists in the debates over whether values are incommensurable, and what this means for practical reason, can be traced to the multiple, perplexing, and sometimes misguided definitions of incommensurability that have been proposed.
The widely cited Human Development Index (HDI), for example, is a measure of overall human welfare constructed from three components that are, at least arguably, incommensurable: longevity, educational attainment and wealth.
I will argue that Ranciere cannot be subsumed into this tradition, and that he is in fact anti-Machiavellian in the sense that the distinction between police and politics is not that of an originary division, but rather of a gap in the very fabric of the sensible between two incommensurable logics (lecart).
It is here that the contributors claim that conflicts between Islamic law and international human rights law do not necessarily reflect incommensurable values.
Unavailable outside these "supernatural" and "natural" rationalities, however, will be a fully objective, standard-independent rationality for judging standards, a fact which makes them "incommensurable" by definition.
Throughout the book under review here, based on the 2009 Mary Flexner Lectures at Bryn Mawr University, Sanjay Subrahmanyam defends the notion that polities, groups, and individuals from these different backgrounds were not necessarily "incommensurable"; they adapted to each other and in the process exerted strong mutual influences.
For D., this complements the task of comparative theology, which assesses how religious self-identity may be enhanced by engagement with the "incommensurable particularity of other traditions" (177).
Holbraad starts with the premise that Cuban babalawos approach Ifa divination as infallible truth in a way incommensurable with anthropologists' commonsense notions of truth as (un)falsifiable propositions.