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The Twofold Character of Truth: Heidegger, Davidson, Tugendhat


Malpas, J, The Twofold Character of Truth: Heidegger, Davidson, Tugendhat, The Multidimensionality of Hermeneutic Phenomenology, Springer, Babette Babich and Dimitri Ginev (ed), New York, pp. 243-266. ISBN 9783319017068 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-01707-5_14


The concept of truth as aletheia, or ‘unconcealment,’ is one of the founding concepts in Heidegger’s thinking. Yet it also appears to be a concept that is as problematic as it is central. Ernst Tugendhat, in particular, famously criticized Heidegger’s identification of truth with aletheia in a way that seems to have led Heidegger eventually to abandon that identification. Beginning with Kockelman’s own account of the idea of truth as unconcealment, I want to re-examine the questions at issue here, looking particularly at Tugendhat’s criticisms, but also drawing on the account of truth to be found in the work of Donald Davidson. My intention will be to show why it remains the case that aletheia has to be understood as indeed a mode of truth; that understanding this involves understanding a certain transcendental-topological structure as pertaining to aletheia, thereby understanding truth as standing in an essential relation to place or topos; and that the fundamental role played by truth as aletheia does not curtail, but itself constitutes the ground for, genuine questioning or critique.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Philosophy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in human society
UTAS Author:Malpas, J (Professor Jeff Malpas)
ID Code:89245
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2014-02-27
Last Modified:2015-04-13

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