The Essence of Truth

The Essence of Truth

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The Essence of Truth must count as one of Heidegger's most important works, for nowhere else does he give a comparably thorough explanation of what is arguably the most fundamental and abiding theme of his entire philosophy, namely the difference between truth as the qunhiddenness of beingsq and truth as the qcorrectness of propositionsq. For Heidegger, it is by neglecting the former primordial concept of truth in favor of the latter derivative concept that Western philosophy, beginning already with Plato, took off on its qmetaphysicalq course towards the bankruptcy of the present day. This first ever translation into English consists of a lecture course delivered by Heidegger at the University of Freiburg in 1931-32. Part One of the course provides a detailed analysis of Plato's allegory of the cave in the Republic, while Part Two gives a detailed exegesis and interpretation of a central section of Plato's Theaetetus, and is essential for the full understanding of his later well-known essay Plato's Doctrine of Truth. As always with Heidegger's writings on the Greeks, the point of his interpretative method is to bring to light the original meaning of philosophical concepts, especially to free up these concepts to their intrinsic power.Knowledge stands under the guiding principle that it excludes not-knowing (and vice versa). ... They do not simply know something, have knowledge of . . . , but since it is distorted, they at the same time do not ... Thus a distorted view, to which it now pertains that (as Socrates says, 188b3): a#39;Apa#39; otiv 6 td v|/euSfj So^a^cov, a olSe, taOta oietai ou taCta elvai d/Au ea#39;tepa UTTa caamp;v olSe; a#39;Someone thinks the anbsp;...

Title:The Essence of Truth
Author:Martin Heidegger
Publisher:A&C Black - 2002-06-18


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