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Do not revise Ockham's razor without necessity

Baron, Sam; Tallant, Jonathan

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Sam Baron


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.


Baron, S., & Tallant, J. (2018). Do not revise Ockham's razor without necessity. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 96(3), 596-619.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 14, 2016
Online Publication Date Sep 7, 2016
Publication Date May 30, 2018
Deposit Date Jul 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 8, 2018
Journal Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
Print ISSN 0031-8205
Electronic ISSN 1933-1592
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 96
Issue 3
Pages 596-619
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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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