The Essence of Truth: On Plato's Parable of the Cave and the Theaetetus

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A&C Black, Jun 18, 2002 - Philosophy - 252 pages
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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 "unhiddenness of beings" and truth as the "correctness of propositions". 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 "metaphysical" 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.
 

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This book makes a phenomenological engagement with two seminal texts in the founding of Western philosophy: Plato's cave allegory (Πολιτεία 514a–520a) and Plato's Theaetetus dialogue. It unfolds as a ... Read full review

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Over the past decade, an abundant number of Heidegger's writings have been translated into English. Key among them are the lectures he delivered both prior to and following the writing of his magnum ... Read full review

Contents

PART
15
c Deconcealment as the Fundamental Occurrence of the Existence
54
CHAPTER
69
Empowerment of That upon Which All Depends
77
CHAPTER THREE
85
Justification of the Detour Preliminary Clarification of Fundamental
94
Unhiddenness and Being the Question Concerning
104
CHAPTER
109
c Interpretation of Connections of Being in the auXXoyiaao
160
Being Human as Historical in Staking
167
CHAPTER FOUR
176
The Wavering between LettingAppear
184
The Horizon of the Preparatory Investigation as Excluding in Advance
187
X6yoCharacter of the S6a
202
Two Similes
208
Confirmation of the Connection between ala9rai and Siavoia through
217

CHAPTER
118
The Soul as the Relationship that Unifies the Perceivable and Holds
124
Stepwise Unfolding of Perceiving in All Its Connections
133
The Soul as What Views the Koiva in 8iavoeiv
140
Having and Striving
147
Inauthentic and Authentic Striving The epcoq as Striving for Being
154
Enabling of Mistaking through the Forking of the S6a
223
APPENDIX
229
Editors Afterword
237
GreekEnglish Glossary
250
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers.

Ted Sadler was formerly Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney, Australia. His publications include Heidegger and Aristotle: The Question of Being (Continuum, 1996) and Nietzsche: Truth and Redemption (Continuum, 1995).

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