Incommensurability Naturalized

Rethinking Scientific Change (Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science eds Léna Soler and Howard Sankey) (forthcoming).


In this paper I argue that we can understand incommensurability in a naturalistic, psychological manner. Cognitive habits can be acquired and so differ between individuals. Drawing on psychological work concerning analogical thinking and thinking with schemata, I argue that incommensurability arises between individuals with different cognitive habits and between groups with different shared cognitive habits.