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On Mach On Time

Thebault, Karim P Y (2021) On Mach On Time. [Preprint]

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Mach's views on the nature of time have been unduly neglected. They are both more defensible in their own historical context and more relevant to our own contemporary context than has been appreciated. This essay provides an extended and comprehensive discussion of Mach's writings on time offering novel analysis and interpretation. Contra the prevailing current in the secondary literature, Mach's views on time are shown to be largely vindicated in the context of late nineteenth century physics. Then, building upon this more historical project, we conclude with a critical evaluation of the modern Machian view of time due to Barbour within the context of relativistic chronometry as instantiated via pulsar clocks and atomic clocks. Once more, considered analysis serves to support the Machian view. About time we go back to Mach.


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Thebault, Karim P Ykarim.thebault@gmail.com
Additional Information: Forthcoming at Studies in the History and Philosophy of Science.
Keywords: Mach, Time, Clocks
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Depositing User: Dr Karim Thebault
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2021 03:40
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2021 03:40
Item ID: 19402
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Physics > Astrophysics
Specific Sciences > Physics > Classical Physics
General Issues > Conventionalism
General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Logical Positivism/Logical Empiricism
General Issues > Models and Idealization
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Specific Sciences > Physics > Relativity Theory
Date: 2 August 2021
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19402

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