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A. J. Ayer was one of the foremost analytical philosophers of the twentieth century, and was known as a brilliant and engaging speaker. In essays based on his influential Dewey Lectures, Ayer addresses some of the most critical and controversial questions in epistemology and the philosophy of science, examining the nature of inductive reasoning and grappling with the issue ...more
Paperback, Columbia Classics in Philosophy, 142 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Columbia University Press (first published 1972)
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Otto Hahaa
Not so sure if this is relevant anymore.

I am not a philosopher, but I am interested in probability and evidence in my work. So I thought this might be useful to read before trying to read something more modern, like "Bayes or Bust". There are a lot of interesting stuff here, but I was wondering if do I really need to read this, or should I try to find something more up to date? The other book with the same name, but by Paul Horwich, might have more low-hanging fruit, so to speak. In both books,
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So far so good. Man, Hume was a trouble maker! A.J. Ayers is such a clear and thoughtful writer, though, that I can feel sunlight peeking through the clouds. I highly recommend it.
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In 1910, Sir Alfred Jules Ayer was born in London into a wealthy family. His father was a Swiss Calvinist and his mother was of Dutch-Jewish ancestry. Ayer attended Eton College and studied philosophy and Greek at Oxford University. From 1946 to 1959, he taught philosophy at University College London. He then became Wykeham Professor of Logic at the University of Oxford. Ayer was knighted in 1970. ...more
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