William of Ockham

English Franciscan friar and theologian (c. 1287–1347) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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William of Ockham or Occam OFM (/ˈɒkəm/ OK-əm; Latin: Gulielmus Occamus;[7][8] c. 1285 – 10 April 1347) was an English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, apologist, and Catholic theologian, who is believed to have been born in Ockham, a small village in Surrey.[9] He is considered to be one of the major figures of medieval thought and was at the centre of the major intellectual and political controversies of the 14th century. He is commonly known for Occam's razor, the methodological principle that bears his name, and also produced significant works on logic, physics and theology. William is remembered in the Church of England with a commemoration on the 10th of April.[10]

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William of Ockham

William of Ockham depicted on a stained glass window at All Saints' Church, Ockham[1]
Born1285 (1285)
Died9 April 1347(1347-04-09) (aged 59–60)
EducationGreyfriars, London[2]
Alma materUniversity of Oxford[3][4]
Notable workSumma Logicae
RegionWestern philosophy
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