J. J. C. Smart, Materialism and Occam's Razor

  title={J. J. C. Smart, Materialism and Occam's Razor},
  author={Peter Glassen},
  pages={349 - 352}
In his 'Comments on the Papers' gathered together by C. F. Presley in a volume entitled The Identity Theory of Mind,1 J. J. C. Smart indicates that he considers Occam's razor to be one of the principal reasons for his acceptance of or belief in (and presumably one of the principal reasons why others should accept or believe in) what he variously calls 'materialism' (p. 84), 'physicalism' (p. 90), and 'the physicalist thesis' (p. 93). Thus he says near the beginning of his comments: 'These… 
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