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Metaphysical Dictionary

The dictionary posted here is a sampling of an over 4,700 word compilation of many years research about metaphysical terms from Pagan, Wiccan, Druid, Occult and other related terms.

These works are to be published in book format and all of the contents are copyrighted (c) 2005-2009 by Magickal Winds. This book will be available in our online store soon.

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Definition of Occam’s Razor

(1) Oc•cam’s razor (¼k“…mz) n. Variant of Ockham’s razor. Ock•ham’s razor also Oc•cam’s razor (¼k“…mz) –n. A rule in science and philosophy stating that entities should not be multiplied needlessly. This rule is interpreted to mean that the simplest of two or more competing theories is preferable and that an explanation for unknown phenomena should first be attempted in terms of what is already known. Also called law of parsimony. [After William of Ockham.] (2) A philosophical axiom credited to William of Occam: “Entities should not be multiplied without reason.” Or as I put it, “Don’t complicate theories unnecessarily, but beware of being simplistic.”

 

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