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Ockham's razors : a user's manual

Author: Elliott Sober
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evaluates Ockham's razor, the principle of parsimony which states that simpler theories are better than more complex ones, and discusses its applications in a variety of domains.
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Named Person: William, of Ockham; William Ockham; William, of Ockham
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elliott Sober
ISBN: 9781107068490 1107068495 9781107692534 1107692539
OCLC Number: 904528769
Notes: "For Ezra William Didier-Sober."
Awards: Short-listed for PROSE Award for Philosophy 2016
Description: x, 314 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: A history of parsimony in thin slices (from Aristotle to Morgan) --
The probabilistic turn --
Parsimony in evolutionary biology--phylogenetic inference --
Parsimony in psychology--chimpanzee mind-reading --
Parsimony in philosophy.
Responsibility: Elliott Sober.

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