If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic

If A, Then B: How the World Discovered Logic

Michael Shenefelt, Heidi White


While logical ideas appear undying, placeless, and everlasting, their discovery is a narrative of non-public injuries, political tragedies, and huge social swap. If A, Then B starts off with logic's emergence twenty-three centuries in the past and tracks its growth as a self-discipline ever on account that. It explores the place our experience of common sense comes from and what it truly is a feeling of. It additionally explains what drove people to begin learning common sense within the first place.

Logic is greater than the paintings of logicians on my own. Its discoveries have survived purely simply because logicians have additionally been capable of finding a prepared viewers, and audiences are a final result of social forces affecting huge numbers of individuals, particularly except person will. This examine as a result treats politics, economics, know-how, and geography as basic elements in producing an viewers for logic―grounding the discipline's summary ideas in a compelling fabric narrative. The authors clarify the turbulent instances of the enigmatic Aristotle, the traditional Stoic Chrysippus, the medieval theologian Peter Abelard, and the trendy thinkers René Descartes, David Hume, Jeremy Bentham, George Boole, Augustus De Morgan, John Stuart Mill, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and Alan Turing. analyzing a number of mysteries, equivalent to why such a lot of branches of common sense (syllogistic, Stoic, inductive, and symbolic) have arisen in basic terms particularly locations and classes, If A, Then B is the 1st ebook to situate the historical past of good judgment in the routine of a bigger social world.

If A, Then B is the 2013 Gold Medal winner of Foreword Reviews' IndieFab e-book of the yr Award for Philosophy.

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