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Sir Alfred Ayer

Roy Plomley's castaway is philosopher Sir Alfred Ayer.

Sir Alfred Ayer, the philosopher who was for many years the Wykeham Professor of Logic at Oxford University, is perhaps best known for Language, Truth and Logic, a book he wrote when he was only 25, and Philosophy in the Twentieth Century. He talks to Roy Plomley about the life of an academic and chooses the eight records he would take to the mythical island.

[Taken from the original programme material for this archive edition of Desert Island Discs]

Favourite track: The Italian Girl In Algiers by Gioacchino Rossini
Book: Life of Johnson by James Boswell and A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides by James Boswell
Luxury: Le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir

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40 minutes

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Fri 3 Aug 1984 09:05

Music Played

  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

    Petite Suite de Concert - 2nd movement

    Orchestra: The Philharmonia Orchestra Conductor: George Weldon

  • Violet Loraine

    If You Were The Only Girl In The World

    Artist: George Robey

  • Castaway's Favourite

    • Gioachino Rossini

      The Italian Girl in Algiers

      Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

  • Noël Coward

    A Room With A View

  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier Act 2

    Soloist: Manfred Jungwirth Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Georg Solti

  • Lilian Harvey With Orchestra

    Irgendwo Auf Derwalt

    • Der Blonde Traume.
  • Vivienne Segal

    Take Him (Pal Joey)

    Artist: Beverly Fite

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni Act 1

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden Conductor: Colin Davis

  • Book Choice

    • Life of Johnson - James Boswell, A Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides - James Boswell

  • Luxury Choice

    • Le Moulin de la Galette by Renoir

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Presenter Roy Plomley
Interviewed Guest Sir Alfred Ayer

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