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Presiding over Oxford high-tables, he is often described as charming, but at times he could also be intimidating.
He was an extrovert and social mixer who liked dancing and attending the clubs in London and New York.
He was also obsessed with sport: he had played rugby for Eton, and was a noted cricketer and a keen supporter of the Tottenham Hotspur football team.
From 1959 to his retirement in 1978, Sir Alfred held the Wykeham Chair, Professor of Logic at Oxford. In Language, Truth and Logic (1936), Ayer presents the verification principle as the only valid basis for philosophy.
Unless logical or empirical verification is possible, statements like "God exists" or "charity is good" are not true or untrue but meaningless, and may thus be excluded or ignored. Mace's opinion He followed in the footsteps of Bertrand Russell by debating with the Jesuit scholar Frederick Copleston on the topic of religion.
His mother, Reine Citroën, was from the Dutch-Jewish family who founded the Citroën car company in France.