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Heidegger on Truth

Its Essence and Its Fate

by (author) Graeme Nicholson

University of Toronto Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2019
General, Individual Philosophers, Germany
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“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.”

About the author

Graeme Nicholson is a professor emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

"Heidegger on Truth: Its Essence and Is Fate is a very welcome addition to Heidegger studies."

<EM>Phenomenological Reviews</EM>

"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."

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