Occam’s / Ockham’s razor

 Paring all presumptions to the minimum, a principle attributed to the English philosopher William of Occam, or Ockham (c. 1285–c. 1349).

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  • Ockham's razor — n. OCCAM S RAZOR * * * Methodological principle of parsimony in scientific explanation. Traditionally attributed to William of Ockham, the principle prescribes that entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity. In practice, this means that… …   Universalium

  • Ockham's razor — n. OCCAM S RAZOR …   English World dictionary

  • Ockham's Razor — noun the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred • Syn: ↑Occam s Razor, ↑principle of parsimony, ↑law of parsimony • Hypernyms: ↑principle, ↑rule * * * Ockham s razor… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ockham's razor — variant of Occam s razor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Ockham's razor. — See Occam s razor. * * * …   Universalium

  • Ockham’s razor —    See Occam’s razor …   Glossary of landform and geologic terms

  • Ockham's razor — noun variant spelling of Occam s razor …   English new terms dictionary

  • Ockham's razor. — See Occam s razor …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ockham’s world and future — Arthur Gibson PHILOSOPHICAL BIOGRAPHY Ockham was born in about 1285, certainly before 1290, probably in the village of Ockham, Surrey, near London. If his epitaph is accurate, he died on 10 April 1347. Yet Conrad of Megenberg, when writing to… …   History of philosophy

  • Ockham — Occam or Ockham may refer to: William of Ockham, the Medieval philosopher Ockham Development Group, Oncology CRO Ockham, Surrey, believed to be the birthplace of the philosopher Occam s razor, a methodological principle named after the… …   Wikipedia

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