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Heidegger's concept of truth reconsidered in the light of Tugendhat's critique

Beck, Gracie (2015) Heidegger's concept of truth reconsidered in the light of Tugendhat's critique. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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In this dissertation, I argue that it is problematic to assess Martin Heidegger’s concept of truth in isolation from his larger project. I suggest that Ernst Tugendhat’s famous critique of Heidegger’s account of truth is emblematic of such an approach. Central to Heidegger’s project was the attempt to question the tradition of Western metaphysics and the presuppositions that we inherited from this tradition. In Heidegger’s view, the concept of truth as no more than correctness is fundamentally rooted in this tradition. Truth as correctness is precisely the notion of truth that Tugendhat advocates.

I revisit Heidegger’s account of truth by reflecting upon Tugendhat’s famous critique. I argue that Tugendhat and his followers do not take into account Heidegger’s general philosophical project and the way it led him to question the concept of truth as correctness. In the end, they reinstate presuppositions that are precisely what Heidegger is bringing under question. In some respects, these were the very presuppositions Heidegger was trying to call into question through his investigation into the concept of truth. At the same time, I suggest that thinking through Tugendhat’s critique and attempting to formulate an adequate Heideggerian response gives us a richer understanding of both Heidegger’s account of truth and his general philosophical project.

Publication Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Supervisor: Ucnik, Lubica
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