There are many kinds of logic today including syllogistic propositional inductive and symbolic if a then b is the first book to situate the history of logic within the movements of a larger social world and to ground the disciplines principles in a compelling material narrative. If a then b how the world discovered logic by michael shenefelt heidi white 403 rating details 39 ratings 4 reviews while logical principles seem timeless placeless and eternal their discovery is a story of personal accidents political tragedies and broad social change. In if a then b how the world discovered logic michael shenefelt and heidi white track the emergence and expansion of logic as a field of study the following is an interview with shenefelt and white who both teach great books at nyus liberal studies program the two authors discuss the origins of logic look . Examining a variety of mysteries such as why so many branches of logic syllogistic stoic inductive and symbolic have arisen only in particular places and periods if a then b is the first book to situate the history of logic within the movements of a larger social world. If a then b begins with logics emergence twenty three centuries ago and tracks its expansion as a discipline ever since it explores where our sense of logic comes from and what it really is a sense of it also explains what drove human beings to start studying logic in the first place logic is more than the work of logicians alone
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