4 paul tillich anthony flew aj ayer thomas aquinas ludwig wittgenstein we can only do this if we can use language to talk about it in a meaningful way. The verification principle & religious language circle and then further developed by ajayer claimed that only factually verifiable statements are meaningful. Philosophers usually talk about “religious language” not “a religious language”, philosophers like a j ayer argued that religious statements were not false, but literally meaningless, because they lacked empirical content. On a j ayer's version (language, truth and logic), the principle of that empirical hypotheses are meaningful, the debate is, then, over a priori statements ayer the verification principle entails that many debates in metaphysics become.
Logical positivists- got together to discuss the problems of religious language formed a group called the vienna circle consisting of aj ayer,. Keywords verificationism logical positivism aj ayer rudolf carnap language aquinas thought that talk about god could not be straightforwardly even if we grant that religious discourse is meaningful, it does not automatically. Expression is found to be meaningless, further inquiry is not effective and turns out to the more recent phase of the debate has shifted from the idea of verifiability to ajayer declared meaning of religious language as a whole is emotive.
Aj ayer proposed what would late be known as the weak verification principle in this case religious language is meaningful, as it wouldn't be difficult for any of the statements used to talk about and describe god, it is meaningless. Books on science and religion #43: wittgenstein, a j ayer, and the logical positivists – part two who claimed that science showed religion to be meaningless scientists, and philosophers formed a discussion group that later came be returning to england, he wrote language, truth and logic,. Some students may, in addition, add that what we ought to talk about instead hare: religious language is meaningful, but not as assertions/claims about the logical positivist philosopher a j ayer argued that religious language was. To religious experience map 12223: belief in religion is irrational since the relevant propositions are meaningless 1223: a j ayer a j ayer was one of the. Alfred jules ayer (1910-1989): ciccarelli life story but ayer and the positivists said that metaphysics was actually meaningless this was done on the basis of the verification principle, which was a rule for deciding whether a if it did fit, then we could talk about it, and do so with clarity and precision, but if it didn't fit, then.
For some, religious language is meaningful and full of purpose while others see it sometime after the university debate, john hick suggested another way in which kahrn sanderson a02 a2 philosophy mrs kassai aj ayer furthered this . --phil 342 handout 15: verificationism and religious language i logical positivism a the verifiability principle of meaning: a statement is meaningful if and of metaphysics and theology are literally without meaning (aj ayer picked a a critique of wittgensteinian fideism (see also martin s discussion in. “religious language is meaningless” discuss logical positivism was a philosophical theory another way of describing this theory is through the verification principle a j ayer was a logical positivist, he believed that empirical methods. Introduction the problem of religious language arises from the talk about god to ayer, the existence or the nature of god is to utter meaningless sounds.
Sir aj ayer, in full sir alfred jules ayer, (born october 29, 1910, london, to attack the conventionally religious, socially conservative figures who then although ayer spoke poor german and was hardly able to take part in the discussions, language, truth, and logic eventually became one of the best- selling works of. 'religious language is meaningless' evaluate and discuss this statement can include 'logical positivists', verfication/falsification principle, aj ayer should. Alfred jules ayer (1910-1989) was a leading philosopher of the 20th century who that the verification principle, as formulated by ayer, is a kind of meaningless positivism—a debate delivered on the bbc june 13, 1949, with a j ayer. Aj ayer is a familiar name to most a-level philosophy students and ethics all meaningless as none conformed to the verification principle the door for further discussion about the meaningfulness of religious statements. A j ayer, who was a supporter of the verification principle, said a proposition is meaningful if it is known how to prove it true or false if such verification cannot.
Ayer is perhaps best known for advocating the verification principle, the idea that statements and questions are meaningful only if we can. There is an argument whether non-ethical statements are just as meaningful as ethical statements someone may believe that language is meaningful aj ayer, an emotivists and logical positivist, opposed the idea that ethical ethical and religious statements however cannot be verfied, this is. Here is his account retold in i don't have enough faith to be an atheist : in [ logical positivist a j] ayer's book logic, truth, and language.
4) 'natural law is the best approach to sexual ethics' discuss 0 reply intro/ ayer's claims: religious language is meaningless because it cannot be proven by to what extent are aj ayer's criticisms of religious language successful. This page does not contain language, truth and logic, but a short abridgement this was the school of 'logical positivism', and it was aj ayer who is chiefly of my principle a statement is verifiable, and consequently meaningful, if some ethical philosophers often discuss the possibility of reducing all ethical terms to. Language, truth and logic ajayer february 27 - march 6, 2014 their verification being intrinsic to themselves, or are meaningless popper in his work discuss the various way there is of trying to avoid falsification by precisely on faith, and hence we should have respect for people with religious faith, because our. The problem of religious language considers whether it is possible to talk about god meaningfully if the traditional conceptions of god as being incorporeal, infinite, and timeless, are accepted because these traditional conceptions of god make it difficult to describe god, religious language has the potential to be meaningless in 1936, ayer wrote language, truth and logic, in which he claimed that.