Thursday, October 29, 2009

Meandering in logic . . .

Today is the birthday of Alfred Jules Ayer (October 29, 1910 – June 27, 1989), philosopher. He is best known for his promotion of logical positivism and his books Language, Truth and Logic (1936) and The Problem of Knowledge (1956).

It is purported that Alfred Jules Ayer had a near-death experience which has many asking: Did atheist philosopher see God when he died?

"The ground for taking ignorance to be restrictive of freedom is that it causes people to make choices which they would not have made if they had seen what the realization of their choices involved." - A. J. Ayer

"If the assertion that there is a god is nonsensical, then the atheist's assertion that there is no god is equally nonsensical, since it is only a significant proposition that can be significantly contradicted." - A. J. Ayer

"I saw a Divine Being. I'm afraid I'm going to have to revise all my various books and opinions." - A. J. Ayer

"Why should you mind being wrong if someone can show you that you are?" - A. J. Ayer

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