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Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy

Neither Theory Nor Therapy

Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy by Daniel D. Hutto
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There are a number of fundamental topics, including 'reality', 'meaning' and 'logic', that cannot be dealt with properly without an appropriate understanding of the end and limits of philosophy. In this book, Daniel D. Hutto draws on Wittgenstein's insights on how we must approach these topics to challenge the idea that we face a simple methodological choice in philosophy: to advance theory or to attempt therapy. Consideration of these topics tells against the prevalent opinion that philosophy is a kind of theorising, sceintific or otherwise. Yet, this should not lead us to think that its business is purely therapeutic, designed to help rid us of such ambitions and attendant confusions. It is possible to deny that philosophy is progressive, according the standard conception, while also denyign that it is wholly negative and deflationary. The author explores this third way by expounding, explicating and defending Wittgenstein's claim that philosophy clarifies our understanding of important philsophical matters.
Palgrave Macmillan; September 2003
274 pages; ISBN 9780230503205
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Title: Wittgenstein and the End of Philosophy
Author: Daniel D. Hutto