A. J. Ayer

1910 - 1989

A. J. Ayer

Sir Alfred Jules "Freddie" Ayer (; 29 October 1910 – 27 June 1989), usually cited as A. J. Ayer, 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). He was educated at Eton College and the University of Oxford, after which he studied the philosophy of logical positivism at the University of Vienna. From 1933 to 1940 he lectured on philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford.During the Second World War Ayer was a Special Operations Executive and MI6 agent.He was Grote Professor of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic at University College London from 1946 until 1959, after which he returned to Oxford to become Wykeham Professor of Logic at New College. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of A. J. Ayer has received more than 373,389 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 480th most popular philosopher.

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Among philosophers, A. J. Ayer ranks 478 out of 1,005Before him are Hunayn ibn Ishaq, Rodolphus Agricola, Ge Hong, Eduard Spranger, Antoine Destutt de Tracy, and Annemarie Schimmel. After him are Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Petrus Ramus, Jonathan Edwards, Gianni Vattimo, Yi Hwang, and Yan Hui.

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Among people born in 1910, A. J. Ayer ranks 56Before him are Galina Ulanova, Lobsang Rampa, Tancredo Neves, Francisco Varallo, Chico Xavier, and Kim Yong-sik. After him are Miguel Najdorf, John Sturges, Karel Zeman, Farid al-Atrash, Barthélemy Boganda, and Shunichi Kumai. Among people deceased in 1989, A. J. Ayer ranks 56Before him are Charles J. Pedersen, John Payne, Alfonso, Duke of Anjou and Cádiz, Kaoru Ishikawa, Franklin J. Schaffner, and Ahmadou Ahidjo. After him are Carlos Arias Navarro, Irving Berlin, Uichiro Hatta, Werner Best, Rashid Behbudov, and Karel Zeman.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, A. J. Ayer ranks 973 out of 5,347Before him are Julie Walters (1950), Jeremy Brett (1933), Robbie Williams (1974), Charles Bell (1774), Engelbert Kaempfer (1651), and Henry Royce (1863). After him are Thomas Simpson (1710), Ewan McGregor (1971), Allan Pinkerton (1819), Smithson Tennant (1761), Louise of Great Britain (1724), and Samuel Pepys (1633).