Quantum gravity, timelessness, and the folk concept of time

Synthese 198 (10):9453-9478 (2020)
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Abstract

What it would take to vindicate folk temporal error theory? This question is significant against a backdrop of new views in quantum gravity—so-called timeless physical theories—that claim to eliminate time by eliminating a one-dimensional substructure of ordered temporal instants. Ought we to conclude that if these views are correct, nothing satisfies the folk concept of time and hence that folk temporal error theory is true? In light of evidence we gathered, we argue that physical theories that entirely eliminate an ordered substructure vindicate folk temporal error theory.

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Andrew James Latham
Aarhus University
Kristie Miller
University of Sydney

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