Peter Kutter was born in the small provincial town of Heidenheim in Württemberg and grew up in a physician's home. His ancestors on his father's side hailed from Ravensburg and were merchants; those on his mother's side from Mecklenburg and were peasants and fishermen.
Even as a child he experienced the social contrasts between workers and academics. The political and economic circumstances of the pre-war, war and post-war periods naturally made him mindful of all forms of violence and propaganda. Kutter is a typical representative of the "sceptical generation" (Schelsky 1959).
He absolved his medical studies in Mainz, Munich, Göttingen and Heidelberg, becoming a Dr Med. in 1955. Peter Kutter is a dedicated doctor of medicine.
From 1956 to 1964 he was an intern at the Hospital of Bad Cannstatt (with Beckmann, Schettler and Demling), at the Katherinen-Hospital (with Spang) and at the Bürger-Hospital (with Haug) in Stuttgart; he is a specialist both for internal diseases and for neurology and psychiatry. Kutter would have liked to become the chief of a department on psychosomatics, either within psychiatry or internal medicine. Some even thought of a medical university in Stuttgart. However, the University in Tübingen did not want it.
After he had gained further qualifications in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, medicine was to lose a good doctor who had genuinely helped people by using proven medical methods. And psychoanalysis gained a devoted adherent to Freud.
Besides philosophical issues concerning human existence (Heidegger, Jaspers, Gadamer) theological questions of faith, religiosity and theodicy (Karl Rahner, Paul Tillich, Yorick Spiegel, Hans-Peter Jörns) also aroused his interest.
Peter Kutter is married and has four adult children. He lives in Stuttgart at the "Rohrer Höhe" near a forest. He enjoys reading literature (Peter Handke, Bodo Kirchhoff), playing the piano, studying Italian, and sometimes walking or bycicling. He is also interested in theology and philosophy, and in the history of Nazi-dictatorship.