Another collection of thesis reading arrived today. From Amazon, I got Steven Bernstein’s The Compromise of Liberal Environmentalism and Karen Litfin’s Ozone Discourses: Science and Politics in Global Environmental Cooperation. Each has been recommended by at least five people or other important thesis sources, and neither is available to me through the Oxford library system.
From Tristan, I received a stack of philosophy of science essays.
- Bloor, David. “Essay Review: Popper’s Mystification of Objective Knowledge.”
- van Fraassen, Bas C. “The Empirical Stance.” (2 copies, in case someone else in Oxford is looking for some light reading)
- Guerlac, Henry. “Science During the French Revolution.”
- Holton, Gerald ed. “Science and the Modern Mind: A Symposium.”
- Miller, David ed. “Popper Selections.” (better than the two brick-like Popper books sitting on my shelf)
- Neurath, Otto. “The Scientific Conception of the World: The Vienna Circle.”
- Weber, Max. “Social Sciences, Law, and Culture.”
His taking the time to mail these to me is much appreciated. On the basis of this, I am willing to declare myself more or less set, in terms of thesis materials on the philosophy of science. Indeed, all signs point to the necessity of doing much more reading on the two case studies; both my supervisor and the examiners seem much more interested in the specific than the general.
The weeklong reading retreat to the original home of Dorothy and Nicholas Wadham that is happening during the last week of March is looking somewhat appealing. Unfortunately, that will also be the last week during which my supervisor is available to look anything over.
My international law presentation is due in two days, along with the final version of the fish paper. An international law paper is due in six weeks, with another due in about 14 weeks – at the same time as the thesis. As time goes on, I am seeing the progression from being jittery primarily as the result of caffeine consumption to being jittery because of stress and finally to being jittery due to a potent combination of the two.