This is the theme and tone of Ayer's audacious book. — Bertrand RussellFirst published in 1936, this first full-length presentation in English of the Logical Positivism of Carnap, Neurath, and others has gone through many printings to become a classic of thought and communication. To say that a proposition is true is simply to assert it, and to say that a proposition is false is simply to assert a contradictory proposition. It’s explanation of the role of intuition in establishing knowledge is clumsy. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. These included: Firstly, as philosophy books go, it is very clear and enjoyable. Infuriating! Should be required reading in all colleges. Includes studies of the metaphysics of the Bhagavat Gita, Ancient Egyptian religion, symbolic logic, and more. Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2019. By 2002, the book had been printed in twelve editions. Please try again. 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. He admitted that one could then ask for verification of that definition and then carry on into an infinite regress. 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. Language, Truth and Logic is an audacious book, written when Ayer was 26. The book does try to end metaphysics as we know it, but in the course of establishing new principles (i.e., verifiability), it itself becomes indefensible against the accusation of itself relying on its own premises to prove its own conclusions (a charge Ayer coyly ignores), otherwise known as circularity. The Kindle edition is just scans of the book. Value-judgments are not analytic, and are not verifiable as 'matters of fact.'. Literal meaning is an attribute of statements that are either analytic or empirically verifiable. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. I was pleased to have bought this book and have started reading it. According to Ayer, such statements can be neither proven nor disproven, and cannot be validated or invalidated by empirical testing. Language, Truth and Logic. The writing style is dense, reflecting its origin in the 1930's. According to the principle of verifiability, propositions about 'matters of fact' can be meaningful only if they are capable of being empirically verified. "—Bertrand RussellFirst published in 1936, this first full-length presentation in English of the Logical Positivism of Carnap, Neurath, and others has gone through many printings to become a classic of thought and communication. — Bertrand RussellFirst published in 1936, this first full-length presentation in English of the Logical Positivism of Carnap, Neurath, and others has gone through many printings to become a classic of thought and communication. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. © 2013 Dover Publications. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. Ayer argues that philosophic propositions are analytic, and that they are concerned with 'relations of ideas.' It is a lot to take in, but eye opening and a most efficient way to put into words the thoughts that were always bugging me about the function of language it’s limitations and our idea of true. ‘Weak’ (probable) verification, on the other hand, is possible for any empirical proposition. 2, The World as Will and Representation, Vol. Includes studies of the metaphysics of the Bhagavat Gita, Ancient Egyptian religion, symbolic logic, and more. The basic thesis of this work is that philosophy should not squander its energies upon the unknowable, but should perform its proper function in criticism and analysis. Ethical or aesthetic concepts are seen as having no factual content, and therefore cannot be accepted as valid or invalid. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Philosophers know that the thesis presented here is as dead as a dinosaur but this book should not just be read out of historical interest, the remnants that can be salvaged provide the groundwork for our modern philosophical framework. I literally had to get a magnifying glass to read a computer screen. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. ... Ayer, A: Language, Truth and Logic (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) [nach diesem Titel suchen] Dover Publications Inc., 2002. While logical positivism has died out, but the questions it raised are still puzzling. Please try again. For Ayer, metaphysical statements, such as statements about transcendent reality, have no objective validity, and therefore are meaningless. He demonstrates that beneath both language and myth there lies an unconscious "grammar" of experience, whose categories and canons are not those of logical thought. 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. But this is, some may argue[who? Language, Truth and Logic (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) - Kindle edition by Ayer, Alfred Jules. This book looks at logic from a positivist/sensical perspective as regards the usefulness of a given proposition. I use it at the very beginning of a course I teach in the history Analytic Movement in philosophy, and it is a good beginning for that study. In this important study, Cassirer analyzes the non-rational thought processes that go to make up culture. An empirical test may be practical or theoretical. Click here for details. This book looks at logic from a positivist/sensical perspective as regards the usefulness of a given proposition. Language, Truth and Logic (Dover Books on Western Philosophy) Paperback – June 1, 1952. by Alfred J. Ayer (Author), Sir Alfred Jules Ayer (Author) 4.3 out of 5 stars 98 ratings. Language, Truth, and Logic Volume 10 of Donald F. Koch American Philosophy Collection Dover books on philosophy and psychology Dover books on philosophy Pelican book: Author: Alfred Jules Ayer: Edition: unabridged, reprint: Publisher: Courier Corporation, 1952: ISBN: 0486200108, 9780486200101: Length: 160 pages : Subjects: Philosophy › History & Surveys › Modern. While logical positivism has died out, but the questions it raised are still puzzling. 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. Infuriating! We can only argue about something that can be analytically or empirically verified. All Rights Reserved. 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. Ayers sets up specific tests by which you can easily evaluate statements of ideas. Please try your request again later. This a wonderful book, personally I had to read it Around 3 times to kind of comprehend it. Ayer rejects the metaphysical thesis that philosophy can give us knowledge of a transcendent reality. Philosophers know that the thesis presented here is as dead as a dinosaur but this book should not just be read out of historical interest, the remnants that can be salvaged provide the groundwork for our modern philosophical framework. Download Ebook Language Truth And Logic PelicanHis Language, Truth and Logic, first published in 1936 presents a modified version of logical positivism which he called 'logical empiricism'. It’s take on as regards spiritual cognition is rather sparse and dismissive as declaring it to be non-sensical (i.e. Propositions about 'matters of fact,' on the other hand, make assertions about the empirical world.