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A J Ayer

Ayer was a logical positivist ­ Vienna Circle under the influence of Wittgenstein (who was not a
member, and distanced himself from the group)
Claims that like knowledge language had to be based on experience. Empirical tests have to be used
to deduce whether proposition is…

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Ayer wrote his book in 1936, since then lots of other people (Dawkins ­ Selfish Gene) have
written bestsellers books on science, BUT there has not been a decline in religion!
Maybe in the west people are turning away from organized religion, but instead of tuning to
atheism are turning…


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