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Sinopsis: A. J. Ayer (1910-1989) was a man of startling complexity: an exceptionally rigorous and penetrating philosopher, he was also a dedicated hedonist and seducer. He traveled in the most glamorous social circles, yet his friends found him oddly remote. Internationally acclaimed author Ben Rogers brings the brilliant, strangely vulnerable author of the classic Language, Truth, and Logic to vivid life, along with the Oxford intellectual world where he met Isaiah Berlin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and many other great thinkers and writers of the era. Colorful, intimate, and often poignant, this is a powerful biography of a provocative and unforgettable man whose ideas changed the landscape of Western thought. "Beautifully written, sympathetic, and sensitive ... [a] balanced and rounded picture of a very complicated man." -- Simon Blackburn, The New Republic "A readable and well-researched account of the life and career of a remarkable figure." -- Lynwood Abram, Houston Chronicle "A.J. Ayer lived a fascinating life and in Rogers he has found an ideal biographer....." -- Frank McLynn, The New Statesman "Rogers succeeds in capturing the spirit of a philosophical maverick who many loved to hate." -- Kirkus Reviews "Exceptionally good ... A.J. Ayer weaves the philosophical, public, and private strands of Ayer's life together most skillfully." -- The Economist
From the Inside Flap: A.J. Ayer (1910-1989) was a man of startling complexity: an exceptionally rigorous and penetrating philosopher, he was also an ardent sports fan, dancer, and seducer. He traveled in the most glamorous social circles, yet his friends found him oddly remote. A brilliant, strangely vulnerable man, Ayer comes vividly to life in this acclaimed biography.
An analytic philosopher in the tradition of Bertrand Russell and G.E. Moore, Ayer was a leading exponent of Logical Positivism. Attacking the view that philosophy had anything to teach us about the nature of the universe or how to live, he sought to liberate life from the shackles of traditional metaphysics. This approach challenged many fundamental beliefs of his fellow philosophers, and Ayer's dogged and eloquent articulation of his views earned him many enemies even as he succeeded in changing the course of British philosophy. Ben Rogers provides a clear and accessible account of Ayer's philosophical writings and assesses their signficance to twentieth-century philosophy.
Rogers also offers fascinating insights into the links between Ayer's philosophy and his life. He guides us through the young philosopher's troubled years at Eton, using Ayer's experience there to create an indelible portrait of England's upper classes during the twilight years of Victorian privilege. He takes us to Oxford, where Ayer astounded his tutors with his acumen and iconoclastic zeal, and where he befriended Isaiah Berlin, Ludwig Wittgenstein, e.e. cummings, and other great thinkers and writers of the era.
Ayer was only twenty-four when he wrote his most influential book, Language, Truth and Logic. Its success catapulted him into the public eye, where he reveled for decades as an intellectual, political campaigner, and socialite. He was married four times (but to three women) and had countless affairs.
Yet despite his social charms and appetite for life, Ayer, half French-Swiss and half Dutch-Jewish, remained something of an outsider, and many who knew him well considered him melancholy and oddly shallow. Rogers explores his complicated and often contradictory personality with a sympathetic eye. Succeeding as both a personal portrait and a rigorous philosophical assessment, A.J. Ayer is a powerful biography of a provocative thinker and unforgettable man.
"A delightful discourse on an extraordinarly full life: Rogers succeeds in capturing the spirit of a philosophical maverick who many loved to hate."--Kirkus Reviews
"Ben Rogers has pulled off a feat of biography that deserves to take its place alongside the two other great biographies of philosophers of recent times: Michael Ignatieff's Isaiah Berlin and Roy Monk's Wittgenstein."--Alain de Botton, Mail on Sunday
"A.J. Ayer lived a fascinating life and in Rogers he has found an ideal biographer.... [An] excellent book, masterly in its exposition of the philosophy as much as in its analysis of the life."--Frank McLynn, New Statesman
"An incisive, highly intelligent and entertaining biography.... One cannot help feeling fond of this strange, brilliant, playful man."--John Banville, Irish Times
"A marvelous story...A.J. Ayer [had a] truly fascinating life, which Ben Rogers in this biography fills in with all the color and detail it deserves. I can't recommend the book too highly."--Peregrine Worsthorne, Independent on Sunday
"Ben Rogers has written a solid and well-turned biography of the philosopher, covering the full range of his interests and his foibles. I found it gripping reading."--Colin McGinn, The Times Literary Supplement
"An expert analysis of Ayer's developments and achievements is combined with a detailed description of his personal and social life.... For anyone interested in the cultural history of our time, Ben Rogers's book is of absorbing interest."--Raymond Carr, The Spectator
Ben Rogers wrote his doctoral thesis at Oxford on seventeenth-century moral and political thought. He has produced programs on philosophy for BBC Radio and writes regularly on politics and philosophy for several British newspapers. He is the autho
Título: A J Ayer - A Life (SIGNED COPY)
Editorial: Chatto & Windus
Año de publicación: 1999
Edición: 1st Edition.
Descripción Chatto & Windus, 1999. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. A. J. Ayer: A Life This book is in very good condition and will be shipped within 24 hours of ordering. The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged. This book has clearly been well maintained and looked after thus far. Money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. See all our books here, order more than 1 book and get discounted shipping. . Nº de ref. de la librería 7719-9780701163167
Descripción Chatto & Windus 10/06/1999, 1999. Estado de conservación: Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Nº de ref. de la librería 2341-9780701163167
Descripción Chatto & Windus 10/06/1999, 1999. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Shipped within 24 hours from our UK warehouse. Clean, undamaged book with no damage to pages and minimal wear to the cover. Spine still tight, in very good condition. Remember if you are not happy, you are covered by our 100% money back guarantee. Nº de ref. de la librería 6545-9780701163167
Descripción -. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. A. J. Ayer: A Life This book is in good or better condition. It has no tears to the pages and no pages will be missing from the book. The spine of the book is still in great condition and the front cover is generally unmarked. It has signs of previous use but overall is in really nice, tight condition. Shipping is normally same day from our UK warehouse. We offer a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied. Nº de ref. de la librería 9053-9780701163167
Descripción Chatto & Windus, 1999. Estado de conservación: Good. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has hardback covers. With usual stamps and markings, In good all round condition. Dust Jacket in good condition. , 950grams, ISBN:9780701163167. Nº de ref. de la librería 6485359
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Descripción Jun 10, 1999. Estado de conservación: Used: Very Good. Almost as new but has been very carefully read. The cover and dust jacket have very slight shelf wear with a very slightly faded spine. Nº de ref. de la librería 170722001
Descripción Chatto & Windus, London., 1999. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Very Good. First Edition. A near fine unworn, unmarked book. DJ has a touch of rub and wrinkle along top edge. Nº de ref. de la librería 002620
Descripción London, Chatto & Windus, 1999, 1999. Estado de conservación: see description. first edition, large 8vo, x,402pp, 24 family and other contemporary photographs on art paper, publisher's boards, title gilt on spine, illustrated dw, almost as new. Nº de ref. de la librería 91050
Descripción London.: Chatto & Windus, 1999. First edition 8vo 402 pages illustrated with black & white photographs. Fine black cloth hard back with near fine unclipped dust jacket. No inscriptions. Biography of one of the most influential philosphers of his generationwho found his role as an exponent of 'Logical Positivism.'. Nº de ref. de la librería 12335