Provides an introduction to "Ancrene Wisse", one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. This book offers a fresh contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages. This book is innovative in that it provides an introduction to "Ancrene Wisse", one of the most important works in English of the thirteenth century. It offers a new contextualisation which engages with the history of lay piety and vernacular spirituality in the Middle Ages, thus extending analysis of the book beyond its original purpose as a guide for anchoresses. The placing of "Ancrene Wisse" within this context also allows comparisons to be made with other literature for semi-regular women, such as sermons preached to beguines - semi-religious women who formed communities in the Low Countries and France in the High Middle Ages.
A Concise Introduction to Logic is an introduction to formal logic suitable for undergraduates taking a general education course in logic or critical thinking, and is accessible and useful to any interested in gaining a basic understanding of logic. This text takes the unique approach of teaching logic through intellectual history; the author uses examples from important and celebrated arguments in philosophy to illustrate logical principles. The text also includes a basic introduction to findings of advanced logic. As indicators of where the student could go next with logic, the book closes with an overview of advanced topics, such as the axiomatic method, set theory, Peano arithmetic, and modal logic. Throughout, the text uses brief, concise chapters that readers will find easy to read and to review.
This book was primarily designed to prepare a student for the paper Elements of Deductive Logic offered to mathematically-minded first year philosophy students at Oxford. With a change in regulations, the present book no longer serves that purpose. Yet it should, I hope, provide a useful introduction to logic for interested students, independent of its now defunct role
in Oxford. The book was originally written to be read alongside Hodges (2001), and the text remains peppered with references to that book. Yet the book should stand alone; where it disagrees with Hodges (in notation,
some technical details, and the discussion of standard classical quantified logic, as well as free logic), I think it is to be preferred. It should provide a good overview of the tableaux system for those who have studied logic using other methods; it should also provide a little bit of extra mathematical
sophistication for those logic students who weren’t challenged enough by introductory logic, and who are not yet prepared to take on a full formal logic course. Of course, I think that it will provide a good overview and introduction to logic for any interested reader, not just students—the exercises
should prove useful to anyone studying this book on their own (from the text).
forall x is an Open Education Resource (OER) introductory textbook in formal logic. It covers translation, proofs, and formal semantics for sentential and predicate logic.
It is available under a Creative Commons license. There is no charge to use the book either as a text for a course or for self-directed study, and you are welcome to revise it to fit your needs. It is available as a free download, and you can make hardcopies without owing anything.
Professor Philip A. Pecorino provides a fantastic overview of philosophical thought in this online textbook that spans classic Greek thought to contemporary social, political and ethical philosophies. His "Links to Reference Works" gives the reader ample resources to continue their own study of the issues that interest them most.
This is a textbook (or better, a workbook) in modern philosophy. It combines readings from primary sources with two pedagogical tools. Paragraphs in italics introduce figures and texts. Numbered study questions (also in italics) ask students to reconstruct an argument or position from the text, or draw connections among the readings. And I have added an introductory chapter (Chapter 0 – Minilogic and Glossary), designed to present the basic tools of philosophy and sketch some principles and positions.
The immediate goal is to encourage students to grapple with the ideas rather than passing their eyes over the texts. This makes for a better classroom experience and permits higher-level discussions.
Another goal is to encourage collaboration among instructors, as they revise and post their own versions of the book.
Using long-ignored constitutions of various Jewish organizations, this unique book uncovers the political history of Canadian Jewry since its beginning during the 1700s. Building on the premise that Jews, since time immemorial, have written down their values and ideologies, this study effectively demonstrates how these writings record the principles and values that motivated a community.
This study presents the contemporary Islamic resurgence movement among young people in Bandung Indonesia, focusing on its emergence, development and routinisation. It traces various factors and conditions that contributed to the emergence of the movement. It also tries to explain how and why young people (students in particular) turn to Islam, and how the movement is organised and developed among students. Finally, it examines internal changes among various Islamic groups as responses to social, political and cultural changes.