Alternate names/spellings: Occam, Hockham

Dates: 1285 - 1347 (Dates are approximate. ) 

William of Ockham was an English Franciscan friar and scholastic philosopher, and is considered to be one of the most influential medieval thinkers. He called for a simplification of the scholastic movement, and was one of the founding thinkers of the nominalist school of thought. He wrote extensively about theology (some of his theological views were questioned by the Church), philosophy, and politics.

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