William Ockham

Authored by: Gyula Klima

Medieval Philosophy of Religion

Print publication date:  July  2013
Online publication date:  October  2014

Print ISBN: 9781844652211
eBook ISBN: 9781315729626
Adobe ISBN: 9781317546481


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William Ockham (c.1287–1347) was an English Franciscan friar, famous for his nominalism (Klima 2006), whose name is preserved in the commonly used designation of the methodological principle called ‘Ockham’s razor’ (Adams 1987: 156–7, 281). This chapter will focus primarily on Ockham’s nominalist doctrine and its impact on his theology.

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