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Title: The Debate That Won't Die? Values Incommensurability, Antagonism and Theory Choice
Authors: Tadajewski, Mark
First Published: Jul-2009
Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
Citation: Organization, 2009, 16 (4), pp. 467-485
Abstract: In this article, I examine a recent turn in the paradigm debate towards the incommensurability thesis and the proposed possibility of adjudication between theories from different paradigms. In particular, I argue that McKelvey and Baum's views (among others) appear to be based on a desire to reduce paradigmatic pluralism and, in turn, reduce uncertainty about what is the empirically valid view among competing theories. By contrast, I make the case that an incommensurability of values still permeates any attempt to engage in theory-adjudication. Such values, I assert, will stall any attempt to adjudicate between theories from different paradigms. In the face of widespread cognitive bias, confirmation bias and belief perseverance, we cannot, I conclude, hope to deal with this issue in any satisfactory way.
ISSN: 1350-5084
Type: Article
Description: Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. The final published version is available at, Doi: 10.1177/1350508409104504
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