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ABSTRACT. The paper maps out and responds to some of the main areas of disagreement over the nature of Wittgenstein's philosophy: (1) Between defenders of a "two Wittgensteins" reading (which draws a sharp distinction between early and late Wittgenstein) and the opposing "one Wittgenstein" interpretation. (2) Among "two-Wittgensteins" interpreters as to when the later philoso¬phy emerged, and over the central difference between early and late Witt¬genstein. (3) Between those who hold that Wittgenstein opposes only past philosophy in order to do philosophy better and those who hold that Wittgenstein aimed to bring an end to philosophy and teach us to get by without a replacement. I begin by summarizing and responding to these debates over the nature of Wittgenstein's philosophy and his philosophical methods. My reply turns on the point that each of these debates depends on some deeply un-Wittgen¬steinian, and quite mistaken, assumptions.

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