Thu Jun 15 2000 11:13:
I've been going through On Certainty all morning looking
for quotes so that I can piece together Wittgenstein's definition
of "mistake" and paint him as an idealist. Here's the fabulous section 430:
I meet someone from Mars and he asks me "How many toes have human
beings got?"--I say "Ten, I'll shew you", and take my shoes off.
Suppose he was surprised that I knew with such certainty, although
I hadn't looked at my toes--ought I to say "We humans know how many
toes we have whether can see them or not"?