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Oc·cam's razor

Variant of Ockham's razor.
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Occam's razor

(Philosophy) a variant spelling of Ockham's razor
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Oc′cam's ra′zor

the principle in philosophy and science that assumptions introduced to explain a thing must not be multiplied beyond necessity, and hence the simplest of several hypotheses is always the best in accounting for unexplained facts.
Also called law of parsimony.
[1835–40; after William of Occam]
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Noun1.Occam's Razor - the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly; the simplest of two competing theories is to be preferred
principle, rule - a rule or law concerning a natural phenomenon or the function of a complex system; "the principle of the conservation of mass"; "the principle of jet propulsion"; "the right-hand rule for inductive fields"
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Occam’s razor

n to apply Occam’s razor to somethingetw komprimieren, etw auf das Wesentliche beschränken
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This illusion of "freezing" sound is a critique of, and response to, methodological reductionism. In this example, I've reduced a dynamic process (sound) to an apparently static entity (phase-locked bubbles of sound) which we can subjectively analyse for the purpose of understanding/defining its attributes.
(13) She distinguishes"methodological reductionism," a strategy of analyzing a thing to be studied into its parts, from "causal reductionism," which is the view that the behavior of the parts of a system determines the behavior of all higher-level entities in the system--the view that all causation is "bottom up." Applied to the specific area of studies of consciousness, "non-reductive physicalism" denies the existence of a nonmaterial entity, the mind (or soul), but does not deny the existence of consciousness.
Rather than contrasting and comparing the details of these three intellectuals' paths towards the contested status of cosmopolitans or heretics, Kersten attempts a macro analysis of post-colonial "Muslim Islamicists" using McCutcheon's taxonomy then seconding Mark Taylor and Tylor Roberts in their rejection of McCutcheon's "methodological reductionism or agnosticism" (p.

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