Ockham's Razors: A User's Manual

2016.01.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Elliott Sober, Ockham's Razors: A User's Manual, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 314pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107692534.
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2016.01.27 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Elliott Sober, Ockham's Razors: A User's Manual, Cambridge University Press, 2015, 314pp., $29.99 (pbk), ISBN 9781107692534. Reviewed by Daniel Steel, University of British Columbia Elliott Sober's book is a welcome and impressive contribution to current philosophy of science literature on confirmation and scientific reasoning. Ockham's razor is, roughly, the idea that simpler or more parsimonious explanations, hypotheses, or models should be preferred, other things being equal. While the idea that simplicity is a theoretical virtue is familiar to scientists and philosophers and some philosophical literature exists on the topic, Sober's book is the only up-to-date philosophical monograph on the topic I know of. Moreover, Sober's book is clearly written, broad in its scope, extremely astute, and generally unafraid of relevant technicalities while remaining user-friendly. In short, this is a book well worth. . .

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