Wednesday, March 15, 2017
3/15/1948 Ludwig Wittgenstein praises you-know-what
On this date he wrote a letter in which he compared philosophy journals to crime publications: "Your mags are wonderful. How people can read Mind if they could read Street & Smith ['s Detective Story Magazine] beats me. If philosophy has anything to do with wisdom there’s certainly not a grain of that in Mind, and quite often a grain in the detective stories.”
A few years earlier he had jokingly complained about the end of the lend-lease agreement between the United States and his adopted home of Great Britain: "if the U.S.A. won’t give us detective mags we can’t give them philosophy ...”
You can read more about this at Mystery*FIle's article.