principle of parsimony


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the principle that entities should not be multiplied needlessly

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Second, the decision of what release conditions to impose should be governed by the principle of parsimony, which holds that punishment and deprivation of liberty should not exceed the legitimate interest of the state.
He applied the venerable principle of parsimony to the arguments of bis adversaries, one and all, so single-mindedly that the principle came to be associated with him and came to be called Ockham's razor.
In addition, this proof relies on fewer assumptions; hence, it is superior by the principle of parsimony (also known as Occam's Razor).
There is already a superfluity of lives in the world, and he cites the philosopher Occam's principle of parsimony ("Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily") to justify a novelist's using real people as characters.
However, one might dismiss this particular speculation on the part of the author by looking at the psychological literature on mass behavior and then invoking the principle of parsimony. In the chapter "Astral Travel," the author concludes that the evidence supports the position that people do not actually leave their bodies even though there is the perception that this has happened.
Such redundance works against the principle of parsimony in note taking.
There is a plausible principle of parsimony which states that one should not admit any entities into one's theory that lack explanatory power.(17) I, for one, think that something like this principle (with perhaps some modifications and exceptions) is correct and almost self-evident - provided that 'explanation' is not construed too narrowly (i.e.
Kant himself seems to have been ambivalent about the wishful-thinking argument and to have elsewhere inclined to the more moderate conclusion that the principle of parsimony is merely regulative.(35) Whatever one might think of his wishful-thinking argument for the a priori validity of the principle of parsimony, all that that principle tells us is that nature must be (or ought to be) unified, not how.
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