James Doyle - Author

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James Doyle is an award-winning children’s author, teacher and part-time superhero in Ireland. When he is not defeating bad guys and saving planet earth he makes it his mission to pass on his vast knowledge and skills to the next generation of up-and-coming superheroes.

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Why Can't I Feel the Earth Spinning? And other vital questions about science

Why Can't I Feel the Earth Spinning? And other vital questions about science

Author: James Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/09/2018

Why do I have to wash? Why don't aeroplanes fall down? Where do mountains come from? Why is the sea blue? Why do I dream? This book invites young people to discover more about the world around them by asking and answering questions for themselves. The book is structured around twentytwo questions, each one tackled over two spreads. The first spread explores the question and answer, supported by a detailed illustration, photograph or diagram. The second spread asks further questions on a similar theme to help build an understanding of how science underlies everything from the ingredients in our fridge to reaching the moon. The tone of the text is fresh and informal without being flippant.

No Morality, No Self Anscombe's Radical Skepticism

No Morality, No Self Anscombe's Radical Skepticism

Author: James Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2018

Frequently cited and just as often disputed, Elizabeth Anscombe's Modern Moral Philosophy (1958) and The First Person (1975) are touchstones of twentieth-century analytic philosophy. Though the arguments Anscombe advances in these papers are familiar to philosophers, their significance remains widely misunderstood, says James Doyle. No Morality, No Self offers a fresh interpretation of Anscombe's still-controversial theses about ethical reasoning and individual identity, specifically, her argument that the term moral (as it occurs in such contexts as moral obligation ) is literally meaningless, and that I does not refer to some special entity called a self --a pair of claims that philosophers have responded to with deep skepticism. However unsettling Anscombe's conclusions may be, Doyle shows the underlying seriousness of the British philosopher's reasoning, exposing with clarity and concision how the counterarguments of Anscombe's detractors are based on a flawed or incomplete understanding of her ideas. Doyle zeroes in on the central conundrum Anscombe posed to the referentialist school: namely, that it is impossible to give a noncircular explanation of how I refers to the person who utters it. He shows where the refutations of philosophers including Lucy O'Brien, Gareth Evans, and Ian Rumfitt fall short, and throws light on why I developed features that make it look as if it functions as a referring expression. Reconciling seemingly incompatible points of view, Doyle argues that I does refer to a self, but not in a way anyone suspected--a surprising conclusion that is entirely propos of Anscombe's provocative thought.

Architecture and the Origins of Preclassic Maya Politics

Architecture and the Origins of Preclassic Maya Politics

Author: James Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/03/2017

Architecture and the Origins of Preclassic Maya Politics highlights the dramatic changes in the relationship of ancient Maya peoples to the landscape and to each other in the Preclassical period (ca. 2000 BC-250 AD). Offering a comprehensive history of Preclassic Maya society, James Doyle focuses on recent discoveries of early writing, mural painting, stone monuments, and evidence of divine kingship that have reshaped our understanding of cultural developments in the first millennium BC. He also addresses one of the crucial concerns of contemporary archaeology: the emergence of political authorities and their subjects in early complex polities. Doyle shows how architectural trends in the Maya Lowlands in the Preclassic period exhibit the widespread cross-cultural link between monumental architecture of imposing intent, human collaboration, and urbanism.

An Essay on the Catholic Claims.

An Essay on the Catholic Claims.

Author: James Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/11/2009

An Essay on the Catholic Claims.

An Essay on the Catholic Claims.

Author: James Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/10/2009

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