Do Not Revise Ockham's Razor Without Necessity

Samuel Baron, Jonathan Tallant

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Ockham's razor asks that we not multiply entities beyond necessity. The razor is a powerful methodological tool, enabling us to articulate reasons for preferring one theory to another. There are those, however, who would modify the razor. Schaffer (2010: 313—our italics), for one, tells us that, ‘I think the proper rendering of Ockham's razor should be ‘Do not multiply fundamental entities without necessity’’. Our aim, here, is to challenge such re-workings of Ockham's razor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)596-619
Number of pages24
JournalPhilosophy and Phenomenological Research
Issue number3
Early online date7 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - May 2018


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