A. J. Ayer

1910 - 1989

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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 432,848 page views. His biography is available in 46 different languages on Wikipedia. A. J. Ayer is the 488th most popular philosopher (down from 476th in 2019), the 1,022nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 972nd in 2019) and the 31st most popular British Philosopher.

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Among philosophers, A. J. Ayer ranks 488 out of 1,089. Before him are Karl Korsch, Chantal Mouffe, Ernst Troeltsch, Su Song, André Gorz, and Philodemus. After him are Eduard Spranger, John Toland, Karl Löwith, Adam Ferguson, Nezahualcoyotl, and Eudemus of Rhodes.

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Among people born in 1910, A. J. Ayer ranks 61Before him are Paul Flory, Imi Lichtenfeld, Said bin Taimur, Kim Yong-sik, Francisco Varallo, and Tancredo Neves. After him are Shunichi Kumai, Tjalling Koopmans, Carmine Coppola, Karel Zeman, Remo Giazotto, and Sergey Gorshkov. Among people deceased in 1989, A. J. Ayer ranks 57Before him are Franklin J. Schaffner, Werner Best, Charles J. Pedersen, Kōnosuke Matsushita, Minoru Genda, and Jerzy Kukuczka. After him are Carlos Arias Navarro, Rashid Behbudov, Giuseppe Siri, Kaoru Ishikawa, Luis Carlos Galán, and Ahmadou Ahidjo.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, A. J. Ayer ranks 1,022 out of 6,924. Before him are Margaret Rutherford (1892), Mike Hailwood (1940), Margaret Burbidge (1919), William Bligh (1754), Dave Gahan (1962), and Anna Atkins (1799). After him are George Vancouver (1757), Clive Owen (1964), Stephen Hales (1677), Joseph Addison (1672), Billy Idol (1955), and William Booth (1829).

Among PHILOSOPHERS In United Kingdom

Among philosophers born in United Kingdom, A. J. Ayer ranks 31Before him are Paul Grice (1913), Francis Hutcheson (1694), Alan Watts (1915), Roger Scruton (1944), Alasdair MacIntyre (1929), and Gilbert Ryle (1900). After him are Adam Ferguson (1723), Harriet Taylor Mill (1807), John Austin (1790), Thomas Reid (1710), R. G. Collingwood (1889), and David Hartley (1705).