The 14th-century Franciscan friar and logician William of Ockham (or Occam, in the Latin spelling) once wrote, "Pluralitas non est ponenda sine neccesitate." Known as Occam's Razor, this phrase translates to "entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily." In other words, the simplest explanation is best.
Why Is The Simplest Explanation Usually Right?
The philosophy behind Occam's Razor.
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Philosophers distinguish between the physically impossible and the logically impossible.
What Is Epistemic Skepticism?
This philosophical concept shows up a lot in Internet comments.
A principle that is crucial to much of philosophy, most notably metaphysics.
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