The very idea of truth as a substantial and meaningful concept has been under attack recently from advocates of New Age and postmodern theories. In this book Englebretsen defends the notions of truth and objectivity as key to the scientific view of the natural world and presents an original defence of the 'commonsense' correspondence theory of truth. Englebretsen's approach overcomes the traditional difficulties of correspondence theories of truth with providing adequate and convincing accounts of truth-bearers, truth-makers and the correspondence relation between them by taking truth-bearers to be propositions and facts as constitutive properties of the world. This accessibly written book surveys all of the major competing theories of truth (coherence, pragmatic, redundancy, semantic, deflationary, disquotational, minimalist) before formulating the new defence of the correspondence theory and then exploring the consequences of the theory for issues in epistemology and ontology. The book concludes by showing how the idea of 'propositional depth' can be used to dissolve the Liar paradoxes.
"Joe Otto, a friend and dedicated layman, has written a remarkable and engaging book. It is remarkable for the range of theology that he covers in so short a space. It is all the more remarkable in that these are topics about which theologians write great tomes and about which they argue with one another today.
Best of all is his strong presentation of the centrality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ as a real event which took place in Jesus in 30 A.D. in the outskirts of Jerusalem, with amazing implications for understanding the whole of Scripture and for our lives in Christ today. Pick up and read." Rt. Rev. John H. Rodgers Jr., Th.D.
Dean/President Emeritus Trinity School for Ministry, Retired Bishop AMIA
"Joe Otto blessed the church where I served by teaching a series on stewardship. Now he has used his legal mind to lead us to make a decision to follow Jesus. He makes a concise case largely rooted in the unique truth of Christ's resurrection. Just as Abraham experienced the 'resurrection' of Isaac when God provided the ram in the thicket, Joe leads us to find new life when he helps us see the truth of the Lamb of God rising from the dead."
Rt. Rev. J. Mark Zimmerman, D. Min.
Bishop, Anglican Church in North America, Southwest Diocese Former Rector of "St. Francis in the Fields" and "Somerset Anglican Fellowship," Somerset, Pennsylvania
"It is great to see a trial lawyer with lifetime experiences bring that same analytical talent to the Christian faith. Joe Otto addresses in this book a wide variety of evidences concerning the Christian faith - very helpful to the inquiring mind of someone who wants real answers."
Rev. Dr. John Guest, Rector/Senior Pastor of Christ Church at Grove Farm, former Rector of St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, Pennsylvania and Founding Evangelist, JGET, Oxford University, United Kingdom
"The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ are the central facts undergirding Christian faith and life. Joe Otto brings to bear his legal training in a succinct and masterful summary of the Biblical and historical evidence for the reality of these events and compellingly urges their significance for us today. This little book will both greatly encourage Christian disciples and challenge those who do not believe, are skeptics, or simply have questions, to take the step for faith."
The Rev. Dr. Dennett Buettner Pastor, Church of the Savior, Ambridge, Pennsylvania
"The Resurrection of Jesus is the most hopeful teaching in the Bible. Joe Otto makes a strong case that the resurrection is good, beautiful, and above all, true."
Steve Palmer, Assistant Rector St. Stephen's Church, Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Alligator, Bear, Crab is an ABC book for babies and toddlers alike that introduces the shapes and sounds of the alphabet amid a colorful collection of critters. The bright colors and playful images make for a unique board book, the perfect size for a child's small hands.
Deadlock problems in flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) have received more and more attention in the last two decades. Petri nets are one of the more promising mathematical tools for tackling deadlocks in various resource allocation systems. In a system modeled with Petri nets, siphons are tied to the occurrence of deadlock states as a structural object. The book systematically introduces the novel theory of siphons, traps, and elementary siphons of Petri nets as well as the deadlock control strategies for FMS developed from it. Deadlock prevention methods are examined comparatively. The many FMS examples presented to demonstrate the concepts and results of this book range from the simple to the complex. Importantly, to inspire and motive the reader s interest in further research, a number of interesting and open problems in this area are proposed at the end of each chapter.
Deadlock Resolution in Automated Manufacturing Systems is directed to control, computer, electrical, mechanical, and industrial engineers, researchers and scientists. It will be useful for designers in the automation and control disciplines in industry and academia who need to develop the control methods, tools and software to improve the performance of automated flexible manufacturing systems."
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