A. J. Ayer

1910 - 1989

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Sir Alfred Jules "Freddie" Ayer ( AIR; 29 October 1910 – 27 June 1989) was an English philosopher known for his promotion of logical positivism, particularly in his books Language, Truth, and Logic (1936) and The Problem of Knowledge (1956). Ayer was educated at Eton College and the University of Oxford, after which he studied the philosophy of logical positivism at the University of Vienna. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of A. J. Ayer has received more than 706,752 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). A. J. Ayer is the 517th most popular philosopher (down from 501st in 2019), the 1,041st most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 1,066th in 2019) and the 28th most popular British Philosopher.

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Over the past year A. J. Ayer has had the most page views in the with 85,324 views, followed by Spanish (11,564), and Japanese (4,651). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Bulgarian (150.36%), Kirghiz (116.29%), and Latin (65.55%)


Among philosophers, A. J. Ayer ranks 517 out of 1,267Before him are Yuri Lotman, Rodolphus Agricola, Thomas Nagel, Linji Yixuan, Charles Taylor, and Annemarie Schimmel. After him are Ananda Coomaraswamy, Louis Couturat, William of Champeaux, Eduard Spranger, Émile Chartier, and Shen Buhai.

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Among people born in 1910, A. J. Ayer ranks 67Before him are Lobsang Rampa, Pavel Batitsky, John Sturges, Miguel Najdorf, Eero Saarinen, and Karel Zeman. After him are Tjalling Koopmans, Kim Yong-sik, Chico Xavier, Ferdinand Daučík, Barthélemy Boganda, and Giulietta Simionato. Among people deceased in 1989, A. J. Ayer ranks 63Before him are Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz, Irving Stone, Hamani Diori, Countess Georgina von Wilczek, Kaoru Ishikawa, and Karel Zeman. After him are Leonardo Sciascia, Werner Best, Franklin J. Schaffner, Bernard Blier, Alexander Sergeyevich Yakovlev, and Luis Carlos Galán.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, A. J. Ayer ranks 1,041 out of 8,785Before him are John Balliol (1249), Sebastian Shaw (1905), Kenny Baker (1934), James Murray (1837), Princess Marie of Orléans (1865), and Simon Pegg (1970). After him are Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy (1936), James Stirling (1926), John Nettles (1943), Glenn Hughes (1951), Robbie Williams (1974), and Twiggy (1949).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, A. J. Ayer ranks 28Before him are J. L. Austin (1911), E. H. Carr (1892), Adam Ferguson (1723), H. L. A. Hart (1907), Antony Flew (1923), and Alasdair MacIntyre (1929). After him are Paul Grice (1913), Roger Scruton (1944), Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), John Austin (1790), Alan Watts (1915), and Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (1623).