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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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Macleod's "migrant man" offers a useful caption to the incommensurability of personality in the face of astrological movement and planetary eclipses.
The search begins with trying to conceptualize how thought and language could determine reality, and, even more so, trying to find, as well as prove how the incommensurability of languages is not insurmountable.
The sheer incommensurability of their voices shows us something of the impossibility and the infinitude of who we think we are.
Ultimately, it will be possible to probe levels of incommensurability as well as possible convergences between scientific empiricism and lived experience, data and phenomenology, measurements and narratives and, thereby, test an effective dialogue between the medical sciences and the humanities, as well as science and society.
Anti-Machiavellian Ranciere: Aesthetic Cartography, Sites of Incommensurability and Processes of Experimentation
Incommensurability and Related Matters, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, pp.
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.
Through the work of Fourcade (2011) Centemeri considers the surprising incommensurability of economic valuations in both France and the United States, before considering this at a more intimate level.
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.
I shall explain that CSs arise when different norms come into conflict, when complying with agreements, respecting previous commitments, or when faced with incommensurability of choice, dilemmatic situations or lack of information.
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.
He spends the rest of his professional career trying to complete the project, especially as it relates to the notion of incommensurability, but death cuts him off before he succeeds.