29 JULY 1989, Page 26

Sir: With reference to Anthony Quinton's remembrances of A. J.

Ayer, I would have thought that the last thing A. J. Ayer would have subscribed to was 'the greatest good for the greatest number'. A logical positivist would have found that totally without meaning — an example of the double superlative. If you need proof, ask your local librarian for the 'biggest, bluest book'.

James L. Fisher

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