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Title: A conceptual analysis of Julian Barbour's time
Author: Kon, Maria
ISNI:       0000 0004 2715 3883
Awarding Body: University of Leeds
Current Institution: University of Leeds
Date of Award: 2011
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One of Julian Barbour’s main aims is to solve the problem of time that appears in quantum geometrodynamics (QG). QG involves the application of canonical quantization procedure to the Hamiltonian formulation of General Relativity. The problem of time arises because the quantization of the Hamiltonian constraint results in an equation that has no explicit time parameter. Thus, it appears that the resulting equation, as apparently timeless, cannot describe evolution of quantum states. Barbour attempts to resolve the problem by allegedly eliminating time from his interpretation of QG. In order to evaluate the efficacy of his solution, it is necessary to ascertain in what sense time has been eliminated from his theory. I proceed to do so by developing a form of conceptual analysis that is applicable to the concept of time in physical theories and applying this analysis to Barbour’s account.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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