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Thomas Paine

3.5  ·  Rating details ·  8 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
"A lively discussion of the life and writings of one of the premier revolutionaries of the eighteenth century. [Ayer's] chapters alternate between the externals of Paine's life and career in England, America, and France and analyses of Common Sense, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, other significant but less well known writings, and Paine's anticipations of the welfar ...more
Paperback, 206 pages
Published August 3rd 1990 by University Of Chicago Press
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Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography, philosophy
A great book by Ayer. A labour of love, quite obviously. We are presented alternating chapters on the personal life of Paine and his main works. I have always been an admirer of Thomas Paine, ever since I read the Mack Reynolds Section G novels where Paine is introduced as the man who was mainly responsible for the American revolution, had an impact on the French revolution and had tried very hard to ignite a revolution in England. Reading this book now, I am happy to report, that he did all thi ...more
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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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