on 9 November 2013
The book arrived in good conditon within the delivery teimescale. As always, Ayr is a delight to read. I think he was one of the more influential English philosophers of the twentieth century and although one may disagree with some of his views, nonetheless they are worth reading
Bertrand Russell's "A History of Western Philosophy" is an excellent re-examination of the entire history of philosophy; Ayer's was intended to be a sequel to that and, in the view of many, he does just that and is, in every way, Russell's equal. In 300 pages, he covers the major developments and philosophers:
Revolt from Hegel
Wittgenstein, Popper and the Vienna Circle
Wittgenstein, Carnap and RYle
Phenomenology and Existentialism
As one would expect from one of our leading philosophers, it is exceptionally well written - clear, lucid and succinct - and, in its approach to the philosophical movements it follows what he see as the primary aim of philosophy - analysis.