"A delightful book … I should like to have written it myself."—Bertrand Russell
First published in 1936, this first full-length presentation in English of the Logical Positivism of Carnap, Neurath, and others has gone through many printings to become a classic of thought and communication. It not only surveys one of the most important areas of modern thought; it also shows the confusion that arises from imperfect understanding of the uses of language. A first-rate antidote for fuzzy thought and muddled writing, this remarkable book has helped philosophers, writers, speakers, teachers, students, and general readers alike.
Mr. Ayers sets up specific tests by which you can easily evaluate statements of ideas. You will also learn how to distinguish ideas that cannot be verified by experience—those expressing religious, moral, or aesthetic experience, those expounding theological or metaphysical doctrine, and those dealing with a priori truth. The basic thesis of this work is that philosophy should not squander its energies upon the unknowable, but should perform its proper function in criticism and analysis.
Sir Alfred Ayer caused a furore with the publication of his LANGUAGE, TRUTH & LOGIC in 1936, when he was only 24. From 1959 until 1978 he was Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford. He died in 1989. Ben Rogers is the author of A. J.AYER: A LIFE (Chatto & Windus 1999, Vintage 2000). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Language, Truth and Logic is an audacious book, written when Ayer was 26. It is not the sort of book that would be written by a philosopher at 56 or even 36. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard Olmsted
I know that some people think he was one of the most important philosophers of the last century. I have trouble seeing it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by David H. Eisenberg
As a one time protege of Freddie, I can only look at this book with sweetness. I am Christian. Somehow he managed to still show me kindness, and he had enough civility to discuss... Read morePublished 6 months ago by John Lepp, author of Fact vs Value
Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989) was a British philosopher who was a founder of Logical Positivism, who was a professor of logic at the University of Oxford. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Steven H Propp
It is a pleasure to read Ayer's demolition of metaphysics, even though it leaves an arid philosophical landscape. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Peter Jakobsen
So you want to know how smart AJ Ayer is. He once made world boxing champion Mike Tyson back down by telling him that he, AJ Ayer, was the world champion philosopher. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Briggs
The logical analysis of Ayer is brilliant, and it is always a pleasure to read his neat prose.
It helps to find out how much fundamental weakness is there in the... Read more
I gave it 3 stars because some things are hard to retain, I like the concepts in it though. YeahPublished 20 months ago by Nathan S K
My husband wanted this book and he's enjoying it. He'd encourage his friends to read it because it's intellectual and educational.Published on June 6, 2013 by Julie Owens