A.J. Ayer

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Alfred Jules Ayer (1910-1989) was a prominent British philosopher.[1]

From October 1941 to March 1943, Ayer worked as a Special Operations Executive agent within British Security Co-ordination with cover symbol G.246, in the Political and Minorities Section. He worked on intelligence on Latin America, , particularly Argentina and Chile.[2] He later served with SOE in France.[3]

In 1950, he attended the Berlin Congress for Cultural Freedom as a member of the British delegation, which was funded by the Foreign Office through the Information Research Department.[4] Along with Hugh Trevor-Roper he became a focus for opposition amongst participants to the militant anti-communism of the organisers.[5]


  1. Alfred Jules Ayer, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, accessed 19 May 2009.
  2. Thomas E. Mahl, Desperate Deception, Brassey's 1999, p.190.
  3. Stephen Dorril, MI6, Touchstone 2002, p.478.
  4. Frances Stonor Saunders, Who Paid the Piper, Granta Books, 2000, p.76.
  5. Hugh Wilford, Calling the Tune? The CIA, the British Left and the Cold War, Frank Cass, 2003, p.194.