Curriculum Vitae

Lars Henrik Hertzberg
Born in 1943. Professor emeritus of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University


  • Fil.kand., University of Helsinki, 1967
  • Ph.D., Cornell University, 1970


  • Acting Professor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, 1971-72 and 1974-76
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona, 1972-74
  • Research Fellow, Academy of Finland, 1977-79
  • Acting Professor of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, 1980-84
  • Appointed to the Chair of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, 1984
  • British Academy Visiting Professor and Honorary Fellow at St David's University College, Wales, Autumn Term 1985
  • Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Åbo Akademi University, 1988-89
  • Academy of Finland research grant, 1991-92 (research visit at the University of Oregon, September 1991 through January 1992) and 1997-1998
  • Retired from the Chair of Philosophy, Åbo Akademi University, 2007

PUBLICATIONS (select list):

  • Explanations of Conduct (Ph.D. dissertation), Cornell University, 1970, 225 pp.
  • "Blame and Causality", Mind 84 (1975), 500-515. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "The Factual Dependence of the Language-Game", in J. Hintikka (ed.), Essays on Wittgenstein in Honour of G.H. von Wright (Amsterdam: North-Holland, 1976), 126-153. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience and in John V. Canfield, The philosophy of Wittgenstein, New York: The Garland Publishers, 1986.]
  • "Winch on Social Interpretation", Philosophy of the Social Sciences 10 (1980), 151-171. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "On the Attitude of Trust", Inquiry 31 (1988), 307-22. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "'The Kind of Certainty is the Kind of Language-Game'", in D.Z.Phillips and P.Winch (ed.), Wittgenstein: Attention to Particulars (London: Macmillan, 1989), 92-111. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "On Moral Necessity", in Raimond Gaita (ed), Value and Understanding: Essays for Peter Winch (London and New York: Routledge, 1990), 102-117. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "Wittgenstein and the Sharing of Language", in R Haller & J Brandl (eds), Wittgenstein - Towards a Re-Evaluation (Proceedings of the 14th International Wittgenstein-Symposium), Vol. II. Vienna: Verlag Hölder-Pichler-Tempsky, 1990, 47-56. [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "Imagination and the Sense of Identity", in D. Cockburn (ed), Human Beings (Cambridge University Press, 1991.) [Reprinted in The Limits of Experience.]
  • "Primitive Reactions - Logic or Anthropology?" in Peter A. French, Theodore E. Uehling, Jr and Howard K. Wettstein (eds.): The Wittgenstein Legacy. (Midwest Studies in Philosophy. Volume XVII.) Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1992, pp. 24-39.
  • The Limits of Experience, Helsinki: Acta Philosophica Fennica, 1994.  See Table of Contents
  • "On Being Moved by Desire." Philosophical Investigations 18 (1995), 250-263.
  • "Is Religion a Product of Wishful Thinking?" In D. Z. Phillips (ed.): Can Religion be Explained Away? Basingstoke and London, Macmillan, 1997.
  • "Voices of the Will." In L. Alanen, S. Heinämaa and Th. Wallgren (eds.), Commonality and Particularity in Ethics, London: Macmillan, 1997.
  • "On the Difference that Faith Makes." In: Tommi Lehtonen and Timo Koistinen (eds.): Perspectives in Contemporary Philosophy of Religion. Helsinki: Luther-Agricola-Society, 2000.
  • "The Sense is where you Find it." In T. McCarthy and S. Stidd (eds.), Wittgenstein in America. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2001. [For complete version, see this website.]
  • "On Being Neighbourly." In John H. Whittaker (ed.), The Possibilities of Sense. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2002.
  • "Rush Rhees on Philosophy and Religious Discourse." Faith and Philosophy 18 (2001). 431-442.
  • "On the Need for a Listener and Community Standards." In Martin Gustafsson och Lars Hertzberg (eds.): The Practice of Language. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.
  • 'Vad är etnisk identitet?' [What is ethnic identity?]. In Veikko Launis and Markku Oksanen (eds.): Viisauden ystävyys: Kirjoituksia Juhani Pietariselle. Åbo: Turun yliopisto, Filosofian laitos, 2002.
  • "Moral Escapism and Applied Ethics." Philosophical Papers 31 (2002), 251-270.
  • 'On the Supposed Conflict between Prediction and Choice.' In R. Haller, K. Puhl (eds.): Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy: A Reassessment after 50 years. Wien: ÖBV & HPT, 2002.
  • 'Om inlevelsens roll i filosofi och humaniora.' [The role of empathy in philosophy and the humanities]. In René Gothoni (ed.): Att förstå inom humaniora. Helsingfors: Finska Vetenskaps-Societeten, 2002.
  • "Har språket en användning?" [Does language have a use?] Puhe ja kieli 22 (2002): 4, ss 141-149.
  • 'On Aesthetic Reactions and Changing one's Mind.' In Peter B. Lewis (ed.), Wittgenstein, Aesthetics and Philosophy. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004.
  • "Trying to Keep Philosophy Honest." In Alois Pichler & Simo Säätelä (eds.): Wittgenstein: The Philosopher and his Works. Publications of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society. Band 2. Heusenstamm bei Frankfurt: ontos verlag. 2006.
  • "Homo moralis och den juridiska modellen." [Homo moralis and the legal model.] In Tage Kurtén & Joakim Molander (eds.), Homo moralis: människan och rättssamhället. Lund: Studentlitteratur, 2005. 207-226.
  • "On Excluding Contradictions from our Language." In Sami Pihlström (eds.), Wittgenstein and the Method of Philosophy. Acta Philosophica Fennica, 80 (2006), 169-184.
  • "The Limits of Understanding." Sats - Nordic Journal of Philosophy 6 (2005), 5-14.
  • "Georg Henrik von Wright on Goodness and Justice." In Ilkka Niiniluoto & Risto Vilkko (eds.), Philosophical Essays in Memoriam Georg Henrik von Wright. (Acta Philosophica Fennica, Vol. 77.) Helsinki: Societas Philosophica Fennica, 2005. 89-103.
  • "Er vi forudbestemt til fortabelse? Wittgenstein om guddommelig nåde." ["Are We Predestined for Perdition? Wittgenstein on Divine Grace."] Danish translation by Anne-Marie Christensen. In Anne-Marie Christensen (ed.), Wittgenstein om religion og religiøsitet. Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2006. 101-122.
  • "The Importance of Being Thoughtful." Danièle Moyal-Sharrock (ed.), Perspicuous Presentations: Essays on Wittgenstein's Philosophy of Psychology. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2007.
  • ”Filosofins lärorika förvirring.” In Niklas Forsberg, Sharon Rider & Pär Segerdahl (eds.), Tankar tillägnade Sören Stenlund. (Uppsala Philosophical Studies 54.) Uppsala universitet, 2008. 1-15.
  • "What’s in a Smile?" In Ylva Gustafsson, Camilla Kronqvist & Michael McEachrane (eds.), Emotions and understanding. Palgrave/Macmillan: Basingstoke, 2008.
  • "Very general facts of nature." Forthcoming in Marie McGinn, Wittgenstein Handbook (Oxford University Press).
  • "Trust in Wittgenstein." With Olli Lagerspetz. Fortchcoming in Pekka Mäkelä, Floora Ruokonen and Cynthia Townley (eds.), Trust and Responsibility (Rodopi Press).
  • "Language Games and Private Language." Forthcoming in Kelly Dean Jolley (ed.), Wittgenstein: Key Concepts (Acumen Publishing Ltd).
  • "Gaita on Recognizing the Human." Forthcoming in Christopher Cordner (ed.), Philosophy, Ethics and a Common Humanity (Routledge).

Edited work:

  • Perspectives on Human Conduct. Ed. and introduction. With Juhani Pietarinen. Leiden: E.J.Brill, 1988.
  • Essäer om Wittgenstein. [Essays on Wittgenstein.] Ed. and introduction. Stockholm: Thales, 1992.
  • The Practice of Language. Ed. and introduction. With Martin Gustafsson. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002.