Heidegger on Truth: Its Essence and Its Fate

By Graeme Nicholson

© 2019

“What is truth?” This much-pondered question received a novel answer from Martin Heidegger, who was guided by the methods of phenomenology. Heidegger’s 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, along the way drawing in such timeless issues as the freedom of human conduct and choices. 

Heidegger on Truth is a close reading of this address, and of the essay that Heidegger published under the same title years later – first in 1943, and then in 1949. In Part I of this book, Nicholson explores Heidegger’s movements of thought as they are presented in the original address. In Part II, Nicholson compares this lecture with its subsequent versions, uncovering the changes and detours in Heidegger’s conceptualization of “truth.” Part II also considers Heidegger’s interpretation of Plato, scholasticism, and the tradition of modern rationalism. Accessibly written, this book provides a 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 much-pondered question received a novel answer from Martin Heidegger, who was guided by the methods of phenomenology. Heidegger’s 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, along the way drawing in such timeless issues as the freedom of human conduct and choices. 

Heidegger on Truth is a close reading of this address, and of the essay that Heidegger published under the same title years later – first in 1943, and then in 1949. In Part I of this book, Nicholson explores Heidegger’s movements of thought as they are presented in the original address. In Part II, Nicholson compares this lecture with its subsequent versions, uncovering the changes and detours in Heidegger’s conceptualization of “truth.” Part II also considers Heidegger’s interpretation of Plato, scholasticism, and the tradition of modern rationalism. Accessibly written, this book provides a 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: 6.1in x 0.9in x 9.1in
  • Reviews

    "As is well known, following Heidegger's pathways of thinking (Denkwege) is not always easy. To the untrained reader he appears to meander aimlessly, moving from one idea to the next and circling back as if lost. In order to get us thinking, or to think through a question with him, Heidegger offers us only signposts, Wegmarken, along the way, like the ones we might find along the trails surrounding his writing hut in the Black Forest. Nicholson enables the reader to navigate Heidegger's path by leaving a more discernible trail of white pebbles."
    Rodney K. Parker
    Science et Esprit

    "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, Academy of the Arts and Humanities, Royal Society 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, School of Professional Studies, Albright College
  • Author Information

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

    Preface
    Acknowledgments
    Key to References

    Introduction

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

    Part I: The Early Pathway of Thinking: Freiburg, December 1930

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

    (A) From Erring to Philosophy: A Fourth Arc
    (B) Philosophy and the Academic Disciplines

    Intermission: Political Storms

    Part II: Later Work: The Pathway Rectified

    (A) Unconcealedness and Correctness

    1. The Plato Lectures
    2. The Phenomenology of 1949: Experience in WW 2
    3. The Standard and the Directive: WW 2.4–3.1
    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 Ale¯theia: 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

    Notes
    Index

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