Ockham's razor

Ockhams razor,

Definition of Ockhams razor:

  1. The principle (attributed to William of Occam) that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary. The principle is often invoked to defend reductionism or nominalism.

  2. Proposition that assumptions should be reduced to their minimum. Thus, if two assumptions seem to be equally valid, the simpler one should be preferred. It is attributed to the English philosopher and monk William of Ockham (c.1285-1349) who expressed it as Entities are not to be multiplied beyond necessity. Also called principle of ontological economy, principle of parsimony, or principle of simplicity. Also spelled as Occhams razor or Occams razor.

How to use Ockhams razor in a sentence?

  1. The Faithfulness Condition is thus a formal version of Ockhams razor.

Meaning of Ockhams razor & Ockhams razor Definition