Do not revise Ockham's razor without necessity
Baron, Sam and Tallant, Jonathan (2016) Do not revise Ockham's razor without necessity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research . ISSN 1933-1592
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.
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