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The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics$
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Peter Ludlow

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199258536

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258536.001.0001

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Best Theory Criteria and Methodological Minimalism

Best Theory Criteria and Methodological Minimalism

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(p.152) 7 Best Theory Criteria and Methodological Minimalism
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The Philosophy of Generative Linguistics
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Peter Ludlow (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199258536.003.0007

This chapter takes up methodological issues involving so-called best theory criteria like simplicity and formal rigor. It is argued that the simplest theory is the theory that makes our theorizing the simplest, and the notion of formal rigor that we should employ is a notion of ‘rigorous enough’ for current purposes. It is argued that there is a more basic principle of methodological minimalism underlying both of these best theory criteria.

Keywords:   simplicity, formal rigor, methodological minimalism, best theory criteria, theory

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