William of Ockham


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Noun1.William of Ockham - English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-1349)William of Ockham - English scholastic philosopher and assumed author of Occam's Razor (1285-1349)
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William of Ockham, the 14th century British philosopher, famously postulated that, when bamboozled in the face of competing explanations, we ought to opt for the one with the fewest assumptions and the greatest simplicity.
First, in his chapter titled "The Roots of the Crisis," Dreher follows Richard Weaver in blaming William of Ockham, the Franciscan philosopher and theologian who lived from c.
Early scholars had fixated on the place of Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, with their doctrines of voluntarism and radicalized nominalism (in the latter's case), as the roots of subjective theories of rights.
Alfred van der Helm, in his very full and detailed introduction to the Latin text of Manlevelt's commentary on Porphyry's Isagoge, here edited and published for the first time, argues that Manlevelt was an enthusiastic follower of the nominalist ideas of William of Ockham.
William of Ockham was an English Franciscan and philosopher.
In spite of this, we see a return to almost 'logicist' tendencies within later medieval thinkers such as John Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, as discussed in the essays of Simo Knuuttila (Chapter 3, 'The Metaphysics of the Categories in John Duns Scotus') and Calvin G.
Ranging down through the halls of history from Homer and Hesiod, to Sophocles, Plato, and Aristotle, to Philon of Larissa and Cicero of Rome, to Josephus, Plutarch and Justinian, to Dante Aligheiri, William of Ockham, and Petrarch, to Leonardo Da Vinci, Martin Luther, and Copernicus, to Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare, and Locke, and so many more, we are treated to a wealth of historical personalities, their lives, accomplishments and influences.
Led by thinkers like Duns Scotus and William of Ockham, the forces of nominalism "win," and the modern age begins.
joined forces with Walter Chatton in defending the thought of John Duns Scotus against the critiques of Robert Cowton, William of Nottingham, William of Alnwick, Peter Aureoli, and William of Ockham.
They tell the story of how the Western worldview evolved in the minds of remarkable men of faith until, in the century before the Renaissance, men of God like Thomas Aquinas, John Duns Scotus, and William of Ockham rendered the worldview that made science, democracy, and our modern world possible.
Stiefel 1985:61; King 2004); paving a way indirectly to the via moderna of William of Ockham the nominalism played a strategic role in curbing the compass of symbolism prompted by the previous ages.