Storrs McCall

in A Model of the Universe

Published in print February 1996 | ISBN: 9780198236221
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679209 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Library of Logic and Philosophy


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This chapter judges the credibility of the universe model that has been constructed to resolve certain philosophical problems. It considers the inference whether the model truly represents the overall structure of space-time. The book states that in the same way as Darwin's evolutionary hypothesis explains biological facts and sheds light on the world of living things, so this book's claim that the branched hypothesis explains and sheds light on a number of important philosophical and scientific issues. No other hypothesis is successful, over so wide a range. If the argument to the best explanation is accepted, the extent to which the branched model is a true picture of the world is directly proportional to its explanatory power.

Keywords: universe model; space-time; branched hypothesis; deliberation; physical interpretation; decision

Chapter.  3310 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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