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Heidegger on Truth and Philosophy

Monday, September 14, 2009
Heidegger at his desk

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Over at The Excerpt Mill I quote Michael Inwood’s views on Martin Heidegger and truth:

Truth is uncovering and uncoveredness, shedding light and light shed. Someone who simply accepts and passes on the current chatter, even if the chatter happens to be in some sense correct, sheds no light of his own. A great philosopher, by contrast, sheds light even if his views are mistaken. Such errors as he makes are likely, Heidegger believes, to stem from his having taken over something of the tradition without adequate inspection. But in any case the thought of great philosophers is never flatly false. It is never solidified into something simply false or simply true; it is always, as Heidegger said of himself, ‘on the way’, in transit, never at its destination.

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One Comment
  1. Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:18 am

    very true. One of the wisest quotes I’ve read in a long time.

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