The Principle of Parsimony

@article{Sober1981ThePO,
  title={The Principle of Parsimony},
  author={Elliott Sober},
  journal={The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science},
  year={1981},
  volume={32},
  pages={145 - 156}
}
  • E. Sober
  • Published 1 June 1981
  • Philosophy
  • The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
The principle of parsimony has typically been described and defended as if it were a deletion rule, counseling agnosticism. Ockham, followed by those after him who liked the razor to which he gave his name, says that a hypothesis should not be asserted, or an entity postulated, if it is not needed to explain anything (Boehner [1957]). The razor slices away; it tells us to remove what is unnecessary. Modern justifications of parsimoniousness have presupposed this formulation of the principle… 
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