William of Ockham Demographics:
- Name - William of Ockham
- Other Names - Doctor Invincibilis
- Birth - ca. 1285
- Death - ca. 1349 (Bubonic Plague; Black Death) in Germany.
- Location - came from Ockham (small village in Surrey, England).
- Occupation - English philosopher, logician, theologian & Franciscan monk.
- Franciscan monk - hence his belief in a minimalist in lifestyle.
- Idealised the life of poverty.
- Battled with the Pope over this issue as did St. Francis.
- Excommunicated by Pope John XXII.
- Wrote a treatise demonstrating that Pope John XXII was a heretic.
- Some consider him the father of epistemology.
- Wrote a great deal about natural philosophy.
- Ockham wrote a long commentary on Aristotle's physics.
- Better known these days for his principle of parsimony - Occam's Razor.
- This razor became a foundation for what would later become known as the scientific method.
- The principle of parsimony is one of the pilars of reductionism in science.
- Both Jean Buridan & Nicole Oresme were followers of William of Ockham.
- Studied theology at the University of Oxford (1309-1321).
- Never completed his Master's Degree.
- Mentor was John Duns Scotus (he had already writen about the principle of parsimony, and may have influenced William of Ockham regarding this).
Bubonic Plague Famous Deaths
Occam's Razor (Ockham's Razor)
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