A. J. Ayer Interview on Logical Positivism & Its Legacy


Bryan Magee and A.J. Ayer discuss the 20th century philosophical movement of logical positivism (also called logical empiricism). Professor Ayer helped to introduce logical positivism to the Anglophone world with his work “Language, Truth, and Logic”. In this interview, Ayer discusses the movement, including its members, its philosophical approach, the verification principle, and the influence of the movement in and outside of philosophy.

A. J. Ayer’s “Language, Truth and Logic”: https://ia902605.us.archive.org/10/items/AlfredAyer/LanguageTruthAndLogic.pdf

This interview was part of a BBC program from 1978.

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