from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Incommensurable: said of two quantities whose ratio cannot be expressed as a rational number but is irrational.
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Multi-criteria analysis facilitates trade-offs among a variety of non-commensurable variables and objectives.
Thus, techniques like multi-criteria analysis may be required to facilitate trade-offs among non-commensurable variables.
Certainly there would remain the idea that every sentient being has a good, consisting of a range of (non-commensurable) activities that are the activation of its major natural capacities, and that each animal is entitled to pursue that good.
Henry Sidgwick, while insisting that the correct ethical principle was the unmodified Utilitarian principle, also thought that this principle would not be a good one for most people to apply: better results, from the point of view of that principle itself, would be obtained by encouraging most people to follow a more conventional ethical code based on non-commensurable principles of virtue and vice.
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