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incommensurables

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  • n. Plural form of incommensurable.

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Examples

  • Thus is the cure a paradox requiring two incommensurables: the moral recognition that these parts of me are burdensome and intolerable and must change, and the loving, laughing acceptance which takes them just as they are, joyfully, forever.

    The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working

  • With its prohibition against the deceptive use of placebos, the medical association, he says, "makes assumptions about how we ought to trade off such incommensurables as honesty and pain relief, truth and comfort."

    It's All in Your Head

  • Natural selection commensurates the incommensurables.

    Tragedy of the Commons (historical)

  • Theoretically this may be true; but in real life incommensurables are commensurable.

    Tragedy of the Commons (historical)

  • (Greek) can mean ‘two incommensurables,’ which he arbitrarily assumes to be 2 and 3, but rather, as the preceding clause implies, (Greek), i.e. two square numbers based upon irrational diameters of a figure the side of which is 5 = 50 x

    The Republic by Plato ; translated by Benjamin Jowett

  • He likes everything in hard, heavy lines, black and white, yes and no, because he does not understand how much there is that cannot be presented at all in that way; wherever there is any effect of obliquity, of incommensurables, wherever there is any levity or humour or difficulty of multiplex presentation, he refuses attention.

    A Modern Utopia

  • A thousand million things lie outside in the darkness beyond this lit inn of ours, unthought-of possibilities, overlooked considerations, surprises, riddles, incommensurables, a whole monstrous intricate universe of consequences that I have to do my best to unravel.

    A Modern Utopia

  • And so why should machines of that kind hold any positive interest for humanities scholars, whose attention is always focused on human ambiguities and incommensurables?

    Preface to _Radiant Textuality: Literary Studies After the World Wide Web_

  • But why not also ask: How shall these machines be made to operate in a world that functions through such ambiguities and incommensurables?

    Preface to _Radiant Textuality: Literary Studies After the World Wide Web_

  • McGann says in the Preface reproduced here, "[h] ow [computers] can be made to operate in a world that functions through ... ambiguities and incommensurables"

    Presentism vs. Archivalism in Research and the Classroom: Introduction

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