Ayer distinguishes between ‘strong’ and ‘weak’ verification, noting that there is a limit to how conclusively a proposition can be verified. Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. After spending a short period at the University of Vienna, he became Lecturer in Philosophy at Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2014. Ben Rogers is the author of A. J.AYER: A LIFE (Chatto & Windus 1999, Vintage 2000). 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. ‘Strong’ (fully conclusive) verification is not possible for any empirical proposition, because the validity of any proposition always depends upon further experience. In this important study, Cassirer analyzes the non-rational thought processes that go to make up culture. Ethical or aesthetic judgments express feelings, not propositions, and have no objective validity. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Our payment security system encrypts your information during transmission. 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. The Introduction is a rather thorough reply to his critics of the book's original lengthier substance, and if nothing else is read, the Introduction provides an excellent example of what logical positivism is, why it is regarded highly or poorly depending on the reader, and why some people think this kind of analysis defeats the whole purpose of philosophy. But mostly, it is very intriguing and thought-provoking and it's a good start for enquiring about language and it's relationship with philosophy. Becoming Critical: Education, Knowledge, and Action Research, Volume 10 of Donald F. Koch American Philosophy Collection. Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020. The Kindle edition is just scans of the book. 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. By 2002, the book had been printed in twelve editions. Factual meaning is an attribute of statements that are meaningful without being analytic. Moore. 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. But at 26 you can still convince yourself that your position is right even as all of the great philosophers of history are wrong (or at least mislead and mistaken). This is the theme and tone of Ayer's audacious book. Ayer also distinguishes between practical and theoretical verifiability. 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. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 9, 2018, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 5, 2018. Secondly, although philosophy has advanced and rejected some of his key ideas, understanding what has come since is a lot easier if you understand what Ayer said. Reviewed in the United States on May 11, 2015. But analytic observations do not give us new knowledge of matters of fact, because they only tell us what is already known. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. There's a problem loading this menu right now. If you can't prove something, it is literally senseless - so argues Ayer in this irreverent and electrifying book. A tautology is a statement that is necessarily true, true by definition, and true under any conditions. I was pleased to have bought this book and have started reading it. Propositions for which we do not have a practical means of verification may still be meaningful if we can verify them in principle. Reviewed in the United States on August 7, 2017. Language, Truth and Logic (Dover Books on Western Philosophy). Please try again. Classic introduction to objectives and methods of schools of empiricism and linguistic analysis, especially of the logical positivism derived from the Vienna Circle. Teaches the fallacy of making portentous-sounding statements that delight the ideologue but mean absolutely nothing, Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2015. Ayers sets up specific tests by which you can easily evaluate statements of ideas. It is not the sort of book that would be written by a philosopher at 56 or even 36. Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. It's really two books in one. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 30, 2014. Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Every proposition asserts or denies something, and thus is either true or false. Logical certainty is possible only for analytic observations, which are tautologies, and not for empirical observations concerning "matters of fact.". He admits that there are other possible definitions of meaning. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Ayers sets up specific tests by which you can easily evaluate statements of ideas. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Teaches the fallacy of making portentous-sounding statements that delight the ideologue but mean absolutely nothing, Reviewed in the United States on August 31, 2015. Such concepts are seen as having no literal meaning. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Tautologies are true by definition, and thus their validity does not depend on empirical testing. A. J. Ayer (Author) 4.3 out of 5 stars 81 ratings. Language, Truth and Logic (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) - Kindle edition by Ayer, Alfred Jules. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2020. Ayer's logical empiricism makes an important contribution to philosophy in that it provides a method of putting an end to otherwise irresolvable philosophical disputes. Rationalism asserts that there are truths about the world that can be known by a priori reasoning, or independently of experience. For Ayer, metaphysical statements, such as statements about transcendent reality, have no objective validity, and therefore are meaningless. 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. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. For Ayer, ethical or aesthetic judgments are subjective rather than objective, and cannot be demonstrated to be true or false.