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Description - Language, Truth & Logic by A. J. Ayer

A. J. Ayer was only twenty-four when he finished this irreverent and electrifying book, yet it shook the foundations of Anglo-American philosophy and made its author notorious.Elaborating on the doctrines of Russell, Wittgenstein and the Vienna Circle, Ayer argued that factual propositions were only meaningful if they could be verified by direct experience. This enabled him to reject metaphysical claims about god, the absolute and objective values as, literally, nonsense. The statement 'Theft is wrong', he argued, is merely the equivalent of saying 'Down with theft!' Language, Truth and Logic's shocking argument was a direct challenge to moral, philosophical and religious authority. Yet it became a classic text, which not only revitalized British philosophy but set a new standard for philosophical debate.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141186047
ISBN-10: 0141186046
Format: Paperback
(197mm x 128mm x 14mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Penguin Books Ltd
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 26-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - A. J. Ayer

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).

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