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A framework for commensurability

Liam Magee

S: But you always need to put things into a context, don’t you?

P: I have never understood what context meant, no. A frame makes a picture look nicer, it may direct the gaze better, increase the value, but it doesn’t add anything to the picture. The frame, or the context, is precisely the sum of factors that make no difference to the data, what is common knowledge about it. If I were you, I would abstain from frameworks altogether. Just describe the state of affairs at hand (Latour 2004, p. 64).

The preceding chapter developed an implied theoretical approach to the question of the commensurability of knowledge systems, one based around the direct commitments expressed in the systems themselves, ...

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