Results: 313 Open Textbooks
  • Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

    Author(s): Matthew J. Van Cleave, Lansing Community College

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: This is an introductory textbook in logic and critical thinking. The goal of the textbook is to provide the reader with a set of tools and skills that will enable them to identify and evaluate arguments. The book is intended for an introductory course that covers both formal and informal logic. As such, it is not a formal logic textbook, but is closer to what one would find marketed as a “critical thinking textbook.”

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  • A Concise Introduction to Logic

    Author(s): Craig DeLancey, SUNY Oswego

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: A Concise Introduction to Logic is an introduction to formal logic suitable for undergraduates taking a general education course in logic or critical thinking, it 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 ...[more]

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  • The Originals: Classic Readings in Western Philosophy

    Author(s): Edited by Jeff McLaughlin, Thompson Rivers University

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: It is important for students not only to get an appreciation and understanding of philosophy but also to be exposed to the very words and ideas of those who have shaped our thinking over the centuries. Accordingly, the title of this collection hints at the facts that these readings are from the original sources and that these philosophers were the originators of many of the issues we still discuss today. Major areas of philosophy covered here are: Ethics, Epistemology, Metaphysics, Philosophy o...[more]

  • Modern Philosophy

    Author(s): Walter Ott, Alexander Dunn

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: 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 pos...[more]

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  • An Introduction to Philosophy

    Author(s): W. Russ Payne, Bellevue College

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: The goal of this text is to present philosophy to newcomers as a living discipline with historical roots. While a few early chapters are historically organized, the goal in the historical chapters is to trace a developmental progression of thought that introduces basic philosophical methods and frames issues that remain relevant today. Later chapters are topically organized. These include philosophy of science and philosophy of mind, areas where philosophy has shown dramatic recent progress. Th...[more]

  • Problems in Argument Analysis and Evaluation

    Author(s): Trudy Govier, Windsor Studies in Argumentation

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: This is the WSIA edition of Trudy’s Govier’s seminal volume, Problems in Argument Analysis and Evaluation. Originally published in 1987 by Foris Publications, this was a pioneering work that played a major role in establishing argumentation theory as a discipline. Today, it is as relevant to the field as when it first appeared, with discussions of questions and issues that remain central to the study of argument. It has defined the main approaches to many of those issues and guided the ways in ...[more]

  • Analyzing Meaning: An Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics

    Author(s): Paul R. Kroeger, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: This book provides an introduction to the study of meaning in human language, from a linguistic perspective. It covers a fairly broad range of topics, including lexical semantics, compositional semantics, and pragmatics. The chapters are organized into six units: (1) Foundational concepts; (2) Word meanings; (3) Implicature (including indirect speech acts); (4) Compositional semantics; (5) Modals, conditionals, and causation; (6) Tense & aspect. Most of the chapters include exercises which can...[more]

  • World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500

    Author(s): Eugene Berger, George L. Israel, Charlotte Miller, Brian Parkinson, Andrew Reeves, Nadejda Williams, University System of Georgia

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: World History: Cultures, States, and Societies to 1500 offers a comprehensive introduction to the history of humankind from prehistory to 1500. Authored by six USG faculty members with advance degrees in History, this textbook offers up-to-date original scholarship. It covers such cultures, states, and societies as Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Israel, Dynastic Egypt, India’s Classical Age, the Dynasties of China, Archaic Greece, the Roman Empire, Islam, Medieval Africa, the Americas, and the Kh...[more]

  • Greek and Latin Roots: Part II - Greek

    Author(s): Peter Smith, University of Victoria

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: Greek and Latin Roots: Part II - Greek is part two of a two part series. This series examines the systematic principles by which a large portion of English vocabulary has evolved from Latin and (to a lesser degree) from Greek. This book focuses on Greek roots. A link to the first part focusing on the Latin roots can be found below. Part II will try to impart some skill in the recognition and proper use of words derived from Greek. There is a stress on principles: although students will be cont...[more]

  • Greek and Latin Roots: Part I - Latin

    Author(s): Peter Smith, University of Victoria

    Updated: May 9, 2019

    Description: Greek and Latin Roots: Part I - Latin is part one of a two part series. This series examines the systematic principles by which a large portion of English vocabulary has evolved from Latin and (to a lesser degree) from Greek. This book focuses on Latin roots. A link to the second part focusing on the Greek roots can be found below. Part I will try to impart some skill in the recognition and proper use of words derived from Latin. There is a stress on principles: although students will be conti...[more]

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