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Logical Positivism

Featuring a detailed introduction from Professor A.J. Ayer, the concepts and main ideas of logical positivism and its revolutionary theories and explained and discussed in this bibliography featuring several classic papers in English for the first time.

Edited by a A.J. Ayer, Logical Positivism offers—in the words of the movement’s founders—revolutionary theories on meaning and metaphysics, the nature of logic and mathematics, the foundations of knowledge, the content of psychological propositions, ethics, sociology, and the nature of philosophy itself.

In the pages of this book, readers will find classic papers by Schlick, Carnap, Neurath, and Hanh published for the first time in English. In the most complete bibliography on the subject, Logical Positivism explains the movement’s main ideas and their impact on contemporary philosophy in Britain and the United States.

A.J. Ayer was an English philosopher and professor known for his support of logical positivism. Author of Language, Truth, and Logic and The Problem of Knowledge, Ayer studied at Eton College and the University of Oxford and worked as a Special Operations Executive and M16 agent during World War II.