I founded the British Wittgenstein Society in 2007 because Wittgenstein was being sidelined by philosophers in the UK. I believe there were two main reasons for this. The first, and more important, reason is that the mainspring of his philosophy is the criticism, demystification and simplification of philosophical practice. And how many philosophers are going to like that? The second reason was that Wittgenstein had, for some time, been championed as a quietist philosopher: a philosopher whose aim is to dissolve rather than solve problems, and whose stance towards matters philosophical and non‐philosophical is one of non‐interventionism. I have spent much of my philosophical career arguing that the opposite is true.On Wittgenstein's view, philosophy does not leave everything as it is for philosophy or for the sciences: it destroys houses of cards and rearranges the jaded familiar so it can become perspicuous to us; demystifies where there is confusion and bewitchment; elucidates where language has gone on holiday; helps us revise our misconceptions and see things aright, thereby reorienting our philosophical and scientific paths.Generating and perpetuating the myth of a quietist Wittgenstein added fuel to the fire of mainstream philosophy's depreciation of a great philosopher. In the last decade,
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