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

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 15, 2004 - Philosophy - 272 pages

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

PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS
1
THE CLUE TO THE ESSENCE OF AAH920EIA Interpretation of the Allegory of the Cave in Platos Politeia
15
AN INTERPRETATION OF PLATOS THEAETETUS WITH RESPECT TO THE QUESTION OF THE ESSENCE OF UNTRUTH
107
Supplementary Materials from Heideggers Notes
230
Editors Afterword
238
EnglishGerman Glossary
242
GreekEnglish Glossary
251
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Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) is regarded as one of the twentieth century's most important philosophers.

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