Is Occam's Razor a Physical Thing?

@article{Smart1978IsOR,
  title={Is Occam's Razor a Physical Thing?},
  author={J. J. C. Smart},
  journal={Philosophy},
  year={1978},
  volume={53},
  pages={382 - 385}
}
  • J. Smart
  • Published 1 July 1978
  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy
In his discussion note ‘J. J. C. Smart, Materialism and Occam's Razor’ Peter Glassen argues that it was inconsistent of me both to assert that realism is true and that Occam's razor (or any other principle for that matter) is a reason for the materialist thesis. Glassen says that Occam's razor ‘is not a physical thing, state or process at all’. A little further down on the same page he uses the phrase ‘material or physical thing, state, or process’. It is possible, therefore, that Glassen… 
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