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Ayer’s critique of metaphysics: Metaphysics as dead end of philosophy

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Author(s): İlyas Altuner

Journal: International Journal of Human Sciences
ISSN 1303-5134

Volume: 8;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 579;
Date: 2011;
Original page

Keywords: Metaphysics | verifiability | proposition | fact | experience.

ABSTRACT
Metaphysics, which is mentioned as the highest science by Aristotle, has lost its property of the queen of sciences more and more, afterwards it has been denied wherefore philosophy had been reduced to language analysis by philosophers in the Vienna Circle. Ayer has rejected metaphysics and he has argued that it had to be eliminated from philosophy because it was not be able to adapt to verifiability principle. Ayer’s purpose of verifiability is that to be proved something by experiment and observation. This, with Wittgensteinian statement, is to say drawing the picture of meaning or fact
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