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Reading assignment: Kosso, Chapters 1-3


Please provide brief answers to the following:


1)What do the terms epistemology and metaphysics mean as used by Kosso?  What is the difference between epistemological realism and metaphysical realism?


2) What does Kosso mean when he says that "observation is theory laden"?


3) Explain the difference between the substantival and the relational models of space.  What is Newton's argument in favor of the substantival model?


4) What are the two foundations of Einstein's special theory of relativity? In what way does special relativity "prove" that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light?



Everyone also needs to send me a specific question you had about the reading.