The Foundations of Empirical Knowledge by A. J. Ayer interleaved with critical observations written in by J.L. Austin
A copy of A.J. Ayer's The foundations of empirical knowledge (London: Macmillan, 1940) interleaved with critical observations written in by J.L. Austin and referring to specific paragraphs in the book. Signed and dated 1945, the book also includs pencil notes on lower paste-down.
(276 pages) with 20 loose leaves.
- Creation: 1945
Language of Materials
Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Eng. e. 3970, fols. 1-2]
MS. Eng. e. 3970
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CMD ID 6377
The Foundations of Empirical Knowledge by A. J. Ayer
Biographical / Historical
John Langshaw Austin (1911-60) was a philosopher of language particularly interested in speech acts. He was educated at the University of Oxford, where he then taught. Both A.J. Ayer and J.L. Austin belonged to the philosophical Oxford discussion group that met in Isaiah Berlin’s rooms in All Souls College before WWII. Austin was Ayer's early disciple but later become one of his staunchest critics. For further biographical details see the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Waterfield's Bookshop, 1 Sept. 2009.
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