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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.

    Economic, social, and environmental elements of development

  • Thus, techniques like multi-criteria analysis may be required to facilitate trade-offs among non-commensurable variables.

    Sustainomics and sustainable development

  • 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.

    The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog

  • 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.

    The University of Chicago Law School Faculty Blog


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