from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ockham, William of 1285?-1349? English scholastic philosopher who rejected the reality of universal concepts and argued that mental and linguistic signs are the only genuinely universal features of reality.

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  • n. English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-1349)


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  • Let me get to the point: Præter necessitate in your definition of Ockham’s razor, entia non sunt multiplicanda præter necessitate, is incorrect.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • “Philosophers and historians are generally puzzled as to why the principle of parsimony should be called Ockham’s Razor,” writes a trio of chemists in Hyle, a philosophy quarterly published by the University of Karlsruhe, in Germany.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • "Fabian, Mr.. Fabian, Mr. Douglasall of you say youdon't know this man who was murdered here last night, never heard the name Ockham before.

    The Machineries of Joy

  • In the case of Ockham, by contrast, the appeal to parsimony is much more explicit, often taking the form of what has come to be known as Ockham's razor: “Plurality should not be assumed without necessity” (Ordinatio I, d. 30, q. 2 in Opera Theologica iv, 322).

    Medieval Theories of Relations

  • The reason that I am not agnostic about gods, invisible pink unicorns etc. is a central scientific principle known as Ockham's razor.

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  • The hermeneutic called Ockham's Razor is the subject for today's dissection!

  • There is a principle called Ockham's razor which is attributed to the 14th-century English logician and Franciscan friar, William of Ockham.

  • As reductive realists such as Ockham often point out, this fact about relational change admits of a ready explanation on their position, since Socrates's relation is nothing over and above Simmias's and Socrates's heights, the latter of which never changes.

    Medieval Theories of Relations

  • Can a strict nominalist such as Ockham really accept quantification over possible beings?

    The Statue of a Writer

  • Let us, however, have a look at the proof method using the expository syllogism that medieval logicians such as Ockham seem to have preferred over Aristotle's cumbersome method of ekthesis.

    The Statue of a Writer


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