The Consistency of Arithmetic and Other Essays

2015.08.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Storrs McCall, The Consistency of Arithmetic and Other Essays, Oxford University Press, 2014, 222pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2015.08.07 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Storrs McCall, The Consistency of Arithmetic and Other Essays, Oxford University Press, 2014, 222pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780199316540. Reviewed by Craig Bourne, University of Hertfordshire What is the relationship between truth and proof? What is it to make a decision? In what sense are we free? Are objects three or four dimensional? What is the best model of spacetime? These are the primary questions addressed in this collection of twenty-one essays (fifteen of which have been previously published), mainly from the past fifteen years of Storrs McCall’s work but extending back as far as forty. The essays can be divided into five broad categories: (1) truth, proof and Gödel-related matters (essays 1-3); (2) decision-making, deliberation, action and free choice (essays 4-11); (3) the debate concerning 3D vs. 4D descriptions of objects (essays 12-14); (4) branching spacetime and what it can provide (essays. . .

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