Philosophical Studies 175 (12):3049-3067 (2018)

Darren Bradley
University of Leeds
Should philosophers prefer simpler theories? Huemer (Philos Q 59:216–236, 2009) argues that the reasons to prefer simpler theories in science do not apply in philosophy. I will argue that Huemer is mistaken—the arguments he marshals for preferring simpler theories in science can also be applied in philosophy. Like Huemer, I will focus on the philosophy of mind and the nominalism/Platonism debate. But I want to engage with the broader issue of whether simplicity is relevant to philosophy.
Keywords simplicity  methodology  epistemology of metaphysics  theoretical virtues
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-017-0994-2
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