Honors in Philosophy
Date of Award
David Harker, Jeffrey Gold
Thesis Professor Department
Philosophy and Humanities
Gary Henson, Allen Coates, Paul Tudico
The principle of simplicity (parsimony) has long been invoked as a regulative principle that helps guide theory selection in science. However, it is unclear if there is justification for a globally applicable criterion of parsimony. This paper briefly reviews the salient features of what it means for something to be simple, as well as argues for simplicity as relevant only to a set of background assumptions.
Honors Thesis - Withheld
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Gregg, C. R., "It's Not So Simple: The Role of Simplicity in Science and Theory." (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 97. http://dc.etsu.edu/honors/97
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