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Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy

Neither Theory nor Therapy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 1-5
  3. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 6-48
  4. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 49-86
  5. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 87-127
  6. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 128-173
  7. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 174-190
  8. Daniel D. Hutto
    Pages 191-221
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 222-261

About this book


What is the true worth of Wittgenstein's contribution to philosophy? Opinions are strongly divided, with many resting on misreadings of his purpose. This book challenges 'theoretical' and 'therapeutic' interpretations, proposing that Wittgenstein saw clarification as the true end of philosophy, that his approach exemplifies critical philosophy.


idealism interpret knowledge logic Ludwig Wittgenstein philosophy realism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of HertfordshireUK

About the authors

DANIEL D. HUTTO is Professor of Philosophical Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He has published on a wide range of philosophical topics in several leading journals, including: The Monist (1995); The Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (1998); Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (1999) and Mind and Language (2004). He is author of The Presence of Mind (1999), Beyond Physicalism (2000) and Folk Psychological Narratives (forthcoming with MIT Bradford Books, 2006). He is also editing a forthcoming Royal Institute of Philosophy volume, Narrative and Understanding Persons, for Cambridge University Press which is to appear in 2007.

Bibliographic information


' of the more important contributions to Wittgenstein studies in recent years...serves as a helpful corrective to various current readings of his work.' -John Koethe, Mind

'Hutto effects a much-needed repositioning of theory and therapy. His sensitive and fluent reading allows him to pick out the real implications of Wittgenstein's philosophy from its misleading look-alikes.' - Daniele Moyal-Sharrock, University of East Anglia, UK

'Professor Hutto's new book on Wittgenstein is a rare combination of philosophical sweep and scholarly detail. In cogently developing his argument, Hutto places Wittgenstein in a larger historical context that sheds light on the unique significance of this way of looking at the end of philosophy.' - Barry Curtis, Professor of Philosophy, University of Hawaii at Hilo

'Those who have decided that nothing new can be said about the degree of continuity between Wittgenstein's earliest and his latest writings should read this book. It will change their minds. Daniel Hutto has developed an original and compelling interpretation that defends the continuity thesis. This study is remarkable for its mastery of the existing literature and its acuity in making sharp distinctions. I recommend it strongly.' - Avrum Stroll, University of California, USA

'Professor Hutto tackles a problem that is central not just to the understanding of Wittgenstein but also to the self-understanding of our subject...He brings the issue to life through his extensive knowledge not just of Wittgenstein's work, but also of other reference-points ranging from transcendental idealism and Hegel's conception of logic to contemporary debates about the limits of conceptual anaylsis.' - Hans-Johann Glock, University of Reading, UK

'...Hutto's clear and straightforward style make it remarkably accessible, even to non-specialists.' - Kevin A. Aho, The European Legacy