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- noun The state of being commensurable, or of having a common measure.
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- noun The quality of being commensurable.
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- noun The quality of being
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In the studioli, this commensurability is embodied in the virtuoso marriage of intarsia and the principles of artificial perspective, developed empirically in the early 15th century by Filippo Brunelleschi and formalized by Leon Battista Alberti in De pictura. 1 Although this work was conceived for the art of painting, it was the intarsiatori, rather than painters, who were first considered the maestri di prospettiva, likely due to a metaphoric kinship between the cut of the intarsist's knife across the wood and the cut of the eye across the latticed surfaces of a perspectivally harnessed space.
Kuhn soon backtracked from the multidimensional conception of incommensurability in Structure, which (in some key passages, although perhaps not others) equated commensurability with translatability and, in turn, with communicability.
Hence commensurability, at least on the non-theoretical level, is insured by definition.
These are just some examples of kinds of incomparability and incommensurability; a more detailed discussion of the commensurability of values can be found in the entry on incommensurable values.
From this assumption, one can readily build an argument for the rational necessity not merely of local deliberative commensurability, but of a global deliberative commensurability that, like Mill and Sidgwick, accepts just one ultimate umpire principle
Raz's early strategy for reconciling commensurability with complexity of structure was to limit the claim that reasons are comparable with regard to strength to reasons of a given order.
The latter view presupposes at least some measure of commensurability.
We need to distinguish, here, two kinds of practical commensurability or incommensurability, one defined in metaphysical terms and one in deliberative terms.
Hence, in thinking about the deliberative implications of value commensurability or its absence, we would do well to think in terms of a definition tailored to the deliberative context.
Deliberative commensurability is not necessary for proceeding rationally if conflicting considerations can be rationally dealt with in a holistic way that does not involve the appeal to a principle of