Historical Who is Who

OCKHAM, William of

1285 - 1349
England
PHILOSOPHY

 

Important medieval philosopher, known for his rejection of any speculative claims to knowledge which go beyond direct experience. Hence the term 'Ockham's razor' - the simplest explanation is usually the best. He trusted in the authority of what is revealed in the Bible, but not the Church which has no power in the secular world.

Life

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007m0w4

http://www.iep.utm.edu/ockham

Writings

Political writings http://www.britac.ac.uk/pubs/dialogus/polth.html

Summa logicae - Logic Handbook http://individual.utoronto.ca/pking/articles/Ockham.Summa_logicae.pdf

 

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