Against such a position, an objectivist may ask why we should thinkobjective goods are incommensurable: If X and Y areboth objectively good, then why not say that the statement‘X is better than Y’ (or a morerestrictive comparative statement specifying respects orcircumstances) is objectively true or false, even if this is difficultto know? Berlin's view was that there are many examples ofconflicting goods—for example, justice and mercy, or liberty andequality—where it is implausible to suppose they arecommensurable.


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