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date: 27 February 2020

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This chapter begins by describing the phenomena of incommensurability and incomparability, how they are related, and why they are important. Since incomparability is the more significant phenomenon, the remainder of the chapter undertakes a more detailed investigation of incomparability. It gives an account of what incomparability is, investigates the relation between the incomparability of values and the incomparability of alternatives for choice, distinguishes incomparability from the related phenomena of parity, indeterminacy, and noncomparability, and, finally, defends a view about practical justification that vindicates the importance of incomparability for practical reason.

Keywords: incommensurability, incomparability, value, practical reason, choice, scale of value, measurement of value, parity, indeterminacy, noncomparability

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