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  • Published: 15 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099536819
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99

A. J. Ayer

A Life




Freddie Ayer (1910-89) was one of the most influential philosophers of his generation, while his television and radio appearances made him Britain's first 'media philosopher'. Ben Rogers relates Ayer's ideas to his remarkable life, strangely troubled beneath its glamorous surface. A friend of Isaiah Berlin, and a follower first of Bertrand Russell, and then of Wittgenstein, Ayer won fame at 24 with his brilliantly iconclastic LANGUAGE, TRUTH AND LOGIC - an essential text for students ever since. Rogers shows Ayer at work and also at play, as a passionate follower of cricket and football, a great dancer, a lover of witty conversation and beautful women. Married four times, Ayer was a leading figure in London 'cafe society', yet he was also a controversial public figure and broadcaster, vehemently left-wing in the 1930s, and later President of the British Humanist Association and the Homosexual Law Reform Society. Colourful, intimate, zestful and often poignant, this is a powerful biography of a provocative, cosmopolitan thinker and an intriguing, multi-faceted character.

  • Pub date: 15 May 2000
  • ISBN: 9780099536819
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416
  • RRP: $29.99

About the Author

Ben Rogers

Brilliant young writer and thinker, author of an acclaimed biography of A. J. Ayer, Ben Rogers wrote his doctoral thesis at Oxford on 17th-century moral and political thought, and also has an MA from Columbia University, NY. He writes regularly for various newspapers and journals.

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