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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Coming Soon!

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This book should be published by the Summer of 2014. It might be a little controversial, but it should be fun. I'll keep my readers posted.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Are Your Beliefs Logical?

               
 










After many years of teaching philosophy, critical thinking, and other Humanities courses at several universities, I finally published my latest book entitled, Are Your Beliefs Logical?
 
These are the technical stats:
 
Product Details
 
ISBN: 9781304540256
Copyright License: JJ Botta
Publisher: McGraw-Hill open publishing
Published: January 16, 2014
Language: English
Pages: 130
Binding: Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink: Black & White
Weight: 0.54 lbs.
Dimensions: 6" wide X 9" tall
 
Here is a little insight into the book taken from the back cover:
 
“In the contemporary information jungle, people no longer appear to strive for believability. Verification of facts simply means using a computer search engine. All around us, people draw unsubstantiated conclusions about things without even realizing the weak foundations for their belief systems.

With this modern phenomenon in mind, JJ Botta presents an innovative system of rational thought known as THINK. It is clearly not intended to be a philosophy course, or even an exhaustive consideration of the subject matter. It does, however, present an easy three-step method of enhancing human lives by instilling readers with a sense of confidence in the veracity of the conclusions they reach daily and in their ability to question the often unsound reasoning of those with whom they interact regularly.
 
The author has taken the complicated philosophical concept of critical thinking and culled three simple areas through which anyone might learn to improve his or her reasoning abilities. It is no secret that human beings live happier lives when they appear credible to the outside world. This book helps people to achieve that goal through THINK.”
 
This book is my thirteenth publication in the field of Humanities, and I sure hope it is lucky thirteen. It will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and most bookstores worldwide who purchase through the Ingram Book Company within the next six weeks, or immediately through my Author Spotlight website.
 
Wish me luck!
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Friday, December 27, 2013

Surviving the Journey: A Universal Approach for the Student Critic











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As most of my readers know, I am a huge fan of Archetypal Literary Criticism. 

This concept is a little different than what we learn in high school. The formal approach to literature looks at setting, plot, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in a work of fiction in order to assess and critique its value and character.

The archetypal approach traces commonalities in human behavior that surface in works of fiction, because literature reflects life. 

We all share certain human characteristics and behavioral patterns – simply because we are human. Those archetypes or molds are part of our species. For example, coming of age is a typical pattern we might find in many works of fiction. The most common of these patterns is the heroic quest.

Much of the archetypal approach to literature is derived from the studies of Carl Jung and his theories on the collective unconscious. There are human qualities we inherit and share, much like animals inherit instinct. These patterns can be found in literature, and it is a cool way to read a book and derive more meaning from it.

I leave you with a quote from Carl Jung:

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.”
 
 
 
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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Coming Soon!

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I am pleased to announce my latest book approved for publication. My proof copies should arrive soon.

The subject matter of this book will be part of a seminar tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2014. I will post more details on the book and the seminar shortly.
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