Next year will be my last year of reading and research for my degree in philosophy. To complete my degree, I’ll attempt to write an original thesis. So far, I’ve spoken to multiple professors around Harvard, and one professor, Daniel Kahnemann, from Princeton via email. Overall, I’ve gotten the most help from HLS Professor Scott Brewer. He’s really bright. Next, I’d have to say that Selim Berker in the Philosophy department was quite helpful too. With the help that I’ve received from Professors Brewer and Berker, my thesis research has exploded. My next phase will include the reading of the books on my reading list, which I’ve been compiling since September 2007. Hopefully, I’ll have the first five books completed before summer school starts in late June. That way, I’ll be prepared enough to complete my thesis by the target date of May 2008.
As for my other work, I think that I’m going to start studying Metaphysics and Epistemology more closely. These things tend to state how the world might be, and that’s interesting. Notably, I’ve also decided to start studying mathematics and physics too. I’d really like to understand quantum mechanics, probability theory, and topologies and manifolds better. These fields might help me better understand how things might work in the world. That’d be pretty cool.
Finally, I think that I will attempt to go to law school after all. Because of the heavy weight on the lsat in the law school application process, I don’t know where I’ll be applying. The hope is that I can score average or above. I have no ambitions about where to go to law school. I’ll be happy to go wherever. I suppose that the great attraction for me, other than child advocacy, is the philosophy of law and its nature. I don’t think that I really have some great interest in going to practice law outside of family law, but it could be helpful later down the road.
Well, I must go and write a paper for reading period. I’ll discuss my courses over the last two semesters next.