Heidegger on Truth: Its Essence and its Fate

By Graeme Nicholson

© 2019

"What is truth?" This famous question received a novel answer from Martin Heidegger, based on the methods of phenomenology. The 1930 address "On the Essence of Truth" takes us on a pathway of thinking that starts from the standard "correspondence theory of truth," and moves into larger discussions on truth, including the freedom of human conduct and choices.

Heidegger on Truth is a close reading of a significant article by Heidegger entitled "On the Essence of Truth." The first part is a reading of the 1930 lecture which forms the basis of the article eventually published in 1943 and again, in revised form, in 1949. It is followed by a second part in which Nicolson compares the lecture with its subsequent versions eliciting the subsequent changes and detours of his thoughts on 'truth' over this period. The second part of the book also includes chapters on his interpretation of Plato, scholasticism and the tradition of modern rationalism. Accessibly written, this book is a very thorough examination of Heidegger's thoughts on the concept of "truth."

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Martin Heidegger discovered that truth is at work within all human experience, but that truth is always shadowed by untruth, as addressed in his 1949 essay "On the Essence of Truth."

Heidegger on Truth: Its Essence and its Fate

By Graeme Nicholson

© 2019

"What is truth?" This famous question received a novel answer from Martin Heidegger, based on the methods of phenomenology. The 1930 address "On the Essence of Truth" takes us on a pathway of thinking that starts from the standard "correspondence theory of truth," and moves into larger discussions on truth, including the freedom of human conduct and choices.

Heidegger on Truth is a close reading of a significant article by Heidegger entitled "On the Essence of Truth." The first part is a reading of the 1930 lecture which forms the basis of the article eventually published in 1943 and again, in revised form, in 1949. It is followed by a second part in which Nicolson compares the lecture with its subsequent versions eliciting the subsequent changes and detours of his thoughts on 'truth' over this period. The second part of the book also includes chapters on his interpretation of Plato, scholasticism and the tradition of modern rationalism. Accessibly written, this book is a very thorough examination of Heidegger's thoughts on the concept of "truth."

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: New Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    "Graeme Nicholson’s Heidegger on Truth provides a careful and most insightful reading of Heidegger’s pivotal work, On the Essence of Truth."


    Jean Grondin, President of the Academy of Arts and Humanities of Canada

    "Heidegger on Truth offers a guiding commentary on how Heidegger uses and deals with the concept of truth and its Greek and Medieval linguistic antecedents. It also offers a textual treatment of Heidegger's writing that guides the reader through key passages which serves as a helpful pedagogical tool for reading the original text."


    Nicholas Wernecki, Dean, Delaware Community College, Drew
  • Author Information

    Graeme Nicholson is a professor emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toronto
  • Table of contents

    PREFACE
    INTRODUCTION
    1. Truth, Untruth, and Heidegger
    2. Heidegger’s Texts on Truth

    PART ONE: THE EARLY PATHWAY OF THINKING: FREIBURG, DECEMBER, 1930

    1. Heidegger’s Introduction: Questioning and the Public
    2. The Accordance of Statement and Thing -- Sec. I (a)
    3. Truth Prior to the Statement -- Sec. I (b)
    4. Freedom as Spontaneity -- Sec. I (c)
    5. Freedom as Letting-Be -- Sec. II (a) (i)
    6. Truth as Unconcealedness -- Sec. II (a) (ii)
    7. Da-sein the Human Essence -- Sec. II (a) (iii)
    8. Truth and Concealedness: Attunement – Sec. II (b) (i)
    9. Concealment -- Sec. II (b) (ii):
    10. Erring -- Sec. II (b) (iii)
    11. The End of the Pathway

    INTERMISION: POLITICAL STORMS

    PART TWO:  LATER WORK:  THE PATHWAY RECTIFIED

    (A) UNCONCEALEDNESS AND CORRECTNESS
    1. The Plato Lectures
    2. The Phenomenology of 1949: Experience in WW 2.2.
    3. The Standard and the Directive – WW 2.3. - 3.1.
    4. Presence and Being – WW 2.2.
    5. Freedom and Letting-Be – WW 4.1. – 4.4.
    6. Unconcealedness in the Later Heidegger – WW 4.3. – 4.5.

    (B) GOVERNANCE AND CERTAINTY
    7. Medieval Philosophy and Its Continuing Influence – WW 1.5 – 1.6.
    8. The Rational World-Order
    9. Attunement in WW 5

    (C) THE PRESENT AGE: EN-OWNING AND MYSTERY
    10. A Reversal of Thinking
    11. The Concealment of Alētheia – WW 6.1.
    12. The Truth of Being: The Clearing for Its Concealment-- WW  8 and 9
    13. Philosophy Among the Disciplines

    CONCLUSION
    Against Self-Expression

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