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Occam's razor

A maxim that the simplest theory should be applied to a situation or experiment first. This concept is named for its ardent defender, 14th-century philosopher William of Occam. I think our initial hypothesis is too complex. Occam's razor would suggest we consider the simplest possible explanation.
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Occam's razor

the principle that in explaining something no more assumptions should be made than are necessary.
This principle takes its name from the English philosopher and Franciscan friar William of Occam ( c .1285–1349 ): the image is that of the razor cutting away all extraneous assumptions.
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41) Moreover, whereas Valla treats whiteness white and fatherhood father along the same lines (from his grammatical point of view they are not different), for Ockham they represent different cases: whiteness makes Plato white, but fatherhood does not make Plato a father, for while there is a quality whiteness, there is no such thing as fatherhood.
When ideas organize many particulars in acts of induction (or as Ockham puts it, "abstractive cognition") they prompt the recognition of similarities among things.
By contrast, `water', for Ockham, is an absolute term.
Con todo, para Polo, Ockham es mas influyente que los mencionados pensadores, porque--segun el--la historia de la filosofia admite un antes y un despues respecto del Venerabilis Inceptor.
The owner of Ockham Bites did not take the opportunity to comment, but Surrey Wildlife Trust, which owns the site, insists it is taking action.
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Dicha asociacion se debe, fundamentalmente, a que dicha concepcion se encuentra en Guillermo de Ockham, considerado el autor mas representativo del nominalismo filosofico.
Ranging down through the halls of history from Homer and Hesiod, to Sophocles, Plato, and Aristotle, to Philon of Larissa and Cicero of Rome, to Josephus, Plutarch and Justinian, to Dante Aligheiri, William of Ockham, and Petrarch, to Leonardo Da Vinci, Martin Luther, and Copernicus, to Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare, and Locke, and so many more, we are treated to a wealth of historical personalities, their lives, accomplishments and influences.
William Ockham on metaphysics; the science of being and God.
Successive chapters treat Augustine, Boethius, Abelard, Gilbert of Poitiers, Peter Lombard, Bonaventure, Albert, Thomas Aquinas, Scotus, and Ockham, but only after reminding us of the need for precision in the use of prepositions (and the rules of operahon for logical sequencing that these undergird) as well as the formal definitions implied by the interplay of such terms as "universals," "accidents," "substances," and "individuals.
The Logic of the Trinity: Augustine to Ockham joins others in the 'Medieval Philosophy: Texts and Studies' collection for college-level theological scholars, and provides an in-depth history of the attempts of medieval thinkers to blend the spirituality of the Trinity with the logic, philosophy, science and politics of the times.
Por su parte, Nicolas Vaughan examina en su articulo "Burleigh y Ockham sobre las consecuencias" la doctrina logica de las consecuencias de Walter Burleigh y de su principal antagonista, Guillermo de Ockham; aqui compara cual fue el tratamiento individual de cada uno de ellos para con las--modernamente llamadas--inferencias logicas.