Language, Truth and Logic


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[003296] Ayer, Alfred J. Language, Truth and Logic. London: Victor Gollancz, 1936. First Edition. 8vo. Hardback. Good / No Jacket. [7], 8-254pp, original cloth, title, author and publisher to spine in gilt.

Spine ends worn, catching first couple of letters of title and all of publisher, corners worn and bumped, front inner joint slightly split and slightly weak but holding. Rear free endpapers with a copy of a review by S. Zuckerman pasted on, a couple of previous owners names in pencil to front free endpaper, small brown spot to gutter margin on about twenty pages, some pencil lines and marginalia to approximately twenty-six pages, otherwise fairly clean.

A.J. Ayer (1910-1989) was only 24 when he wrote the book that made his philosophical name, Language, Truth, and Logic, published in 1936. In it he put forward what were understood to be the major theses of logical positivism, and so established himself as the leading English representative of the movement, Viennese in origin. In endorsing these views Ayer saw himself as continuing in the line of British empiricism established by John Locke and David Hume, an empiricism whose most recent representative was Bertrand Russell” (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)