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Single Idea 3857

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 6. Relativism Critique]

Full Idea

The challenge of incommensurability can be met once it is realised that in comparing theories the notions of truth and reference are more important than that of meaning.

Gist of Idea

Defeat relativism by emphasising truth and reference, not meaning


W.H. Newton-Smith (The Rationality of Science [1981], I.6)

Book Reference

Newton-Smith,W.H.: 'The Rationality of Science' [RKP 1981], p.18