Il famoso ricordo di Russell su Wittgenstein. Un aneddoto da pop-storia della filosofia, ma fa piacere ascoltarlo dalla voce dell’arguto lord:
He was queer, and his notion seemed to me odd, so that for a whole term I could not make up my mind whether he was a man of genius, or merely an eccentric. At the end of his first term in Cambridge he came to me and said, ‘Will you please tell me, whether I am a complete idiot or not? If I am a complete idiot, I should become an aeronaut, but if not, I should become a philosopher.’ I told him to write me something during the vacation, on some philosophical subject, and I would then tell him whether he was a complete idiot or not. At the beginning of the following term, he brought me the fulfillment of this suggestion. After reading only one sentence, I said to him, ‘No, you must not become an aeronaut.’ And he didn’t.