October 17th, 2011
A preoccupation of Wittgenstein’s was solipsism - the theory that one can have secure knowledge only about oneself - and at an earlier MSC meeting he used Ewing as an illustration: “Let us make the purely hypothetical assumption that Ewing has a mind.”“

Wittgenstein takes a swipe at Cambridge philosopher Alfred Ewing, who was by all accounts a bit dull, lived with his Mum and tramped around Cambridge in inappropriately heavy mountain climbing boots. Which makes this one, sir, a bit of a low blow.

[Source: Edmonds & Eidinow, Wittgenstein’s Poker]