A. J. Ayer on the G-Word

Language, Truth and Logic

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Today’s Our Periodic Pasta:
“The ‘person’ who is supposed to control the empirical world [but] is not himself located in it…is not an intelligible notion at all. We may have a word which is used [God], as if it named this ‘person,’ but…it cannot be said to symbolize anything…The mere existence of the noun is enough to foster the illusion that there is a real, or at any rate a possible entity corresponding to it.”
Sir A. J. Ayer

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