William of Ockham

1285 - 1347

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William of Ockham (; also Occam, from Latin: Gulielmus Occamus; c. 1287 – 10 April 1347) was an English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian, who is believed to have been born in Ockham, a small village in Surrey. 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William of Ockham has received more than 1,069,012 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 70 in 2019). William of Ockham is the 70th most popular philosopher (down from 63rd in 2019), the 75th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 66th in 2019) and the 7th most popular British Philosopher.

William of Ockham is most famous for his principle of parsimony, also known as Occam's Razor. This principle states that the simplest explanation is usually the best one.

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Among philosophers, William of Ockham ranks 70 out of 1,089Before him are Arius, Edmund Husserl, Herbert Spencer, Ramakrishna, Karl Jaspers, and Antonio Gramsci. After him are Jürgen Habermas, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, Jeremy Bentham, Anaxagoras, Roger Bacon, and Claude Lévi-Strauss.

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Among people born in 1285, William of Ockham ranks 1After him are Ferdinand IV of Castile, An-Nasir Muhammad, Ayurbarwada Buyantu Khan, Emperor Go-Nijō, Ferrer Bassa, Michael of Trebizond, Baldwin of Luxembourg, Euphemia of Pomerania, Al-Mustakfi I, Thomas I Komnenos Doukas, and Tino di Camaino. Among people deceased in 1347, William of Ockham ranks 1After him are Louis IV, Holy Roman Emperor, Joan III, Countess of Burgundy, Maria of Navarre, and John XIV of Constantinople.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, William of Ockham ranks 75 out of 6,924Before him are Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Herbert Spencer (1820), Guy Fawkes (1570), Edward III of England (1312), Edward I of England (1239), and John Dee (1527). After him are Harold Harefoot (1016), George IV of the United Kingdom (1762), Edward V of England (1470), Charles Babbage (1791), Jeremy Bentham (1748), and Roger Bacon (1220).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, William of Ockham ranks 7Before him are John Locke (1632), Francis Bacon (1561), Thomas Hobbes (1588), David Hume (1711), Thomas More (1478), and Herbert Spencer (1820). After him are Jeremy Bentham (1748), Roger Bacon (1220), John Wycliffe (1324), Duns Scotus (1265), Joseph Priestley (1733), and Alcuin (735).