Do not revise Ockham's razor without necessity

Baron, Sam and Tallant, Jonathan (2018) Do not revise Ockham's razor without necessity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 96 (3). pp. 596-619. ISSN 1933-1592

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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.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Baron, S. and Tallant, J. (2016), Do Not Revise Ockham's Razor Without Necessity. Philos Phenomenol Res. doi:10.1111/phpr.12337 which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
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Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2016 09:57
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