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Colloquium 4

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Heidegger's thesis that truth underwent in Plato a fateful transformation from unconcealment to correctness is well-known because defended in an essay that Heidegger published during his lifetime and that has been widely read since: Plato's Doctrine of Truth. One goal of this chapter, however, is to show how Heidegger's interpretation of the Republic's Cave Analogy in the 1931 course from which the essay is supposedly derived, as well as his interpretation of the Myth of Er in the Parmenides course delivered shortly after the essay's composition, are in tension with, and even undermine, the essay's thesis. The other, and more important, goal of the chapter is to show that this richer interpretation offers a fruitful approach to the question of truth in Plato that is missed by both Heidegger's detractors and his defenders.

Keywords:Cave Analogy; Doctrine of Truth; Heidegger; Parmenides; Plato



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