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 (ĭn′kə-mĕn′sər-ə-bəl, -shər-)
a. Impossible to measure or compare.
b. Lacking a common quality on which to make a comparison.
2. Mathematics
a. Having no common measure or number of which all the given lengths or measures are integral multiples.
b. Having an irrational ratio.
One that is incommensurable.

in′com·men′su·ra·bil′i·ty n.
in′com·men′su·ra·bly adv.
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It thus seems to me that perhaps a certain incommensurability must always remain regardless of whatever variety of hermeneutic philosophy one prefers to deploy when adjudicating competing religious claims.
For ethnic as for postcolonial studies, ambivalence toward studies of the Jews may derive from a perceived incommensurability of goals, strategies, and indeed stages in historical process.
251) The incommensurability thesis holds that the same failure of ranking and calculation applies to the most basic human values, such as friendship, beauty, and truth.
Apparently influenced by John Finnis and other "new natural lawyers," Crespo argues that "the problem with ends is incommensurability.
The three essays in English consider incommensurability and experience of alterity: translation from ontology to economy; exile and translation: a political reading of Jose Ortega y Gasset's Miseria y esplendor de la traduccion, and the poet's mother tongue: translation as ethic of thought.
Vassilis Karasmanis argues that Plato's account of apeiron (the unlimited) in the Philebus is an attempt to understand continuity and magnitude through a third concept, incommensurability.
Though Christian neo-orthodox theology (in its more exclusivist or sectarian instantiations) proclaims the incommensurability of other religious traditions, it (along with Nostra aetate) precipitated twentieth-century interreligious theological dialogue by conceiving of the God of Judaism as being the same essence as the God of Christianity.
Legal scholars have also discussed problems of legal policy in light of the incommensurability critique.
An anatomy and physiology of incommensurability replaced a metaphysics of hierarchy in the representation of women to man.
One version of the cultural critique stresses the incommensurability of 'white' and 'black' worlds; the other version of cultural critique stresses their encapsulation within white or state ways of thinking and practicing.
This recognition enables the force of Sun's thesis, which is that real sympathy involves "exposure to the incommensurability of the pathos of the other" (121).
In order to understand this recoding, I begin with the acknowledgement that languages by nature must be incommensurable: "For the phenomenon of incommensurability to be obtained even moderately and contingently, there must be pairs of conceptual frameworks which must have a common referential ground and yet must be fundamentally different in terms of their semantic organization.