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Language, Truth and Logic by Alfred J. Ayer, Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

By Alfred J. Ayer, Sir Alfred Jules Ayer

Classic creation to pursuits and strategies of colleges of empiricism and linguistic research, specially of the logical positivism derived from the Vienna Circle. issues: removing of metaphysics, functionality of philosophy, nature of philosophical research, the a priori, fact and likelihood, critique of ethics and theology, self and the typical global, more.

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R. M. Willis for his correction of the proofs. A. J. AYER. 11 Foubert’s Place, London. July 1935. CHAPTER I THE ELIMINATION OF METAPHYSICS THE TRADITIONAL DISPUTES of philosophers are, for the most part, as unwarranted as they are unfruitful. The surest way to end them is to establish beyond question what should be the purpose and method of a philosophical enquiry. And this is by no means so difficult a task as the history of philosophy would lead one to suppose. For if there are any questions which science leaves it to philosophy to answer, a straightforward process of elimination must lead to their discovery.

Professor Moore, however, has remarked20 that if the words “whoever wrote Waverley” are understood “in the most natural way,” the first of these propositions is superfluous; for he argues that part of what would ordinarily be meant by saying that whoever wrote Waverley was Scotch is that somebody did write Waverley. ’ ” And even so he does not think that the proposed translation is correct. For he objects that to say of someone that he is the author of a work does not entail saying that he wrote it, since if he had composed it without actually writing it down he could still properly be called its author.

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