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Aletheia
A painting that reveals (alethe) a whole world.
Heidegger mentions this particular work of Van Gogh's
in "The Origin of the Work of Art".
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This article is about the philosophical term. For other uses, see Aletheia (disambiguation).
Aletheia (Greek: ) is a Greek word variously translated as "unclosedness",
"unconcealedness", "disclosure" or "truth".
[1]
The literal meaning of the word is "the
state of not being hidden; the state of being evident" and it also implies sincerity, as well as
factuality or reality.
Contents [hide]
1 Heidegger and aletheia
2 See also
3 References
4 Further reading
5 External links
Heidegger and aletheia [edit]
Further information: World disclosure
In the early to mid 20th-century, Martin
Heidegger brought renewed attention to
the concept of aletheia, by relating it to the
notion of disclosure, or the way in which
things appear as entities in the world.
While he initially referred to aletheia as
"truth", specifically a form of which that is
pre-Socratic in origin, Heidegger
eventually corrected this interpretation,
writing:
To raise the question of aletheia, of
disclosure as such, is not the same
as raising the question of truth. For
this reason, it was inadequate and
misleading to call aletheia, in the
sense of opening, truth."
[2]
Heidegger gave an etymological analysis of aletheia, and drew out an understanding of the term
as 'unconcealedness'.
[3]
Thus, aletheia is distinct from conceptions of truth understood as
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statements which accurately describe a state of affairs (correspondence), or statements which
fit properly into a system taken as a whole (coherence). Instead, Heidegger focused on the
elucidation of how an ontological "world" is disclosed, or opened up, in which things are made
intelligible for human beings in the first place, as part of a holistically structured background of
meaning.
Heidegger also wrote that "Aletheia, disclosure thought of as the opening of presence, is not yet
truth. Is aletheia then less than truth? Or is it more because it first grants truth as adequatio and
certitudo, because there can be no presence and presenting outside of the realm of the
opening?"
[4]
Heidegger began his discourse on the reappropriation of aletheia in his magnum opus, Being
and Time (1927),
[5]
and expanded on the concept in his Introduction to Metaphysics. For more
on his understanding of aletheia, see Poetry, Language, and Thought, in particular the essay
entitled "The Origin of the Work of Art", which describes the value of the work of art as a means
to open a "clearing" for the appearance of things in the world, or to disclose their meaning for
human beings.
[6]
Heidegger revised his views on aletheia as truth, after nearly forty years, in
the essay "The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking," in On Time and Being.
See also [edit]
Epistemology
Heideggerian terminology
Metaphysics
Neorealism (art)
Reflective disclosure
Truth
World disclosure
References [edit]
1. ^ . Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A GreekEnglish Lexicon at the Perseus
Project.
2. ^ Martin Heidegger, On Time and Being (New York: Harper and Row, 1972), p. 70, translation
amended. The original in Zur Sache des Denkens (Tbingen: Max Niemayer, 1969), p. 86.
Cited in Nikolas Kompridis, Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past and Future,
(Boston: MIT Press, 2006), p. 188.
3. ^ Heidegger, M. "Parmenides". Translated by Andre Schuwer and Richard Rojcewicz,
Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana University Press, 1992.
4. ^ Martin Heidegger, On Time and Being (New York: Harper and Row, 1972), p. 69, translation
amended. Cited in Nikolas Kompridis, Critique and Disclosure: Critical Theory between Past
and Future, (Boston: MIT Press, 2006), p. 189.
5. ^ Heidegger, M. Being and Time. translated by J oan Stambaugh, Albany, State University of
New York Press, 1996.
6. ^ According to Heidegger, art "gives things their look, and human beings their outlook." From
"The Origin of the Work of Art."
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Further reading [edit]
Babette E. Babich, From Van Goghs Museum to the Temple at Bassae: Heideggers Truth
of Art and Schapiros Art History. Culture, Theory & Critique. 44/2 (2003): 151-169
External links [edit]
Aletheia and Other Terms for Truth in Ancient Greek
Pre-Philosophical Conceptions of Truth: Homer, Hesiod, Pindar, Alexandrine Poets,
Thucydides
Martin Heidegger on Aletheia (Truth) as Unconcealment
Martin Heidegger
Philosophy
Aletheia Dasein Ekstase Fundamental ontology Gestell Hermeneutic circle
Language speaks Metaphysics of presence Ontic Terminology Thrownness
World disclosure
Works
Being and Time (1927) Introduction to Metaphysics (1935)
Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) (19361938) Hlderlin's Hymn "The Ister"
(1942) The Question Concerning Technology (1949) The Origin of the Work of Art (1950)
Heidegger Gesamtausgabe
Film and TV
Tao Ruspoli Terrence Malick The Ister Being in the World Human, All Too Human
Im Denken Unterwegs My Dinner with Andre
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