Razor Arguments

Authored by: Peter Forrest

The Routledge Companion to Metaphysics

Print publication date:  April  2009
Online publication date:  April  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415396318
eBook ISBN: 9780203879306
Adobe ISBN: 9781134155866

10.4324/9780203879306.ch24

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Abstract

Often when Ockham’s razor is invoked nothing more specific is intended than the general principle that simpler theories are on the whole more probable than less simple ones. Before considering the razor itself, it is worth examining first the more general principle, often called parsimony. Readers are warned, however, that simplicity is complicated, which is one reason for preferring more specific razor arguments.

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