Book ID: CBB056518949

Ockham's Razors: A User's Manual (2015)

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Sober, Elliott R. (Author)


Cambridge University Press


Publication Date: 2015
Physical Details: 326
Language: English

Ockham's razor, the principle of parsimony, states that simpler theories are better than theories that are more complex. It has a history dating back to Aristotle and it plays an important role in current physics, biology, and psychology. The razor also gets used outside of science - in everyday life and in philosophy. This book evaluates the principle and discusses its many applications. Fascinating examples from different domains provide a rich basis for contemplating the principle's promises and perils. It is obvious that simpler theories are beautiful and easy to understand; the hard problem is to figure out why the simplicity of a theory should be relevant to saying what the world is like. In this book, the ABCs of probability theory are succinctly developed and put to work to describe two 'parsimony paradigms' within which this problem can be solved.

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Authors & Contributors
Galavotti, Maria Carla
Hammond, Nicholas
Maurer, Armand A.
Friedrich, Markus
Bovens, Luc
Snyder, Josh
Journals
Vivarium: Journal for Mediaeval Philosophy and the Intellectual Life of the Middle Ages
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Bruniana & Campanelliana: Ricerche Filosofiche e Materiali Storico-testuali
Acta Philosophica
Publishers
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
Cambridge University Press
Elsevier
Brill
Cornell University
Carocci Editore
Concepts
Philosophy
Probability and statistics
Philosophy of science
Epistemology
Logic
Nominalism (philosophy)
People
Ockham, William of
Buridan, Jean
Burley, Walter
Agricola, Rudolphus
Jeffreys, Harold
Ramsey, Frank Plumpton
Time Periods
Medieval
14th century
Renaissance
21st century
20th century
17th century
Places
Italy
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