Wittgenstein on the Role of Philosophy in Thinking About Your Life

What is the use of studying philosophy if all that it does for you is enable you to talk with some plausibility about some abstruse questions of logic, etc., and if it does not improve your thinking about the important questions of everyday life? You see, I know that it is difficult to think well about certainty, probability, perception, etc. But it is, if possible, still more difficult to think, or to try to think, really honestly about your life and other people’s lives.


Letter to Norman Malcolm, November 16, 1944.