on 23 April 2013
This book derives from a series of lectures Martin Heidegger delivered in the thirties about the concept of truth as envisaged in two of Plato's key works: The Republic (specifically, the myth of the cave) and Theaetetus.
Both editor and translator have done a fine job in making the text clear and easy to follow. That said, this is a challenging read - 240 pages of closely worked commentary and argument. It's of particular interest to anyone wanting a broader understanding of Heidegger's thought or a deeper understanding of Greek philosophy. But maybe not an ideal introduction to Heidegger, as much knowledge of philosophy is assumed.
All the same, it's a profound and subtly argued work. Heidegger shows that the Greek concept of truth, "alitheia", applied originally to beings and objects not to things said, and meant "unconcealment". Truth and falsity were not polar opposites, but engaged in a dialectical interplay as the truth of something is revealed through its many guises.
For a reader coming from Anglo-saxon philosophy, the book will provide quite a culture shock, as Heidegger ends by saying that philosophy took a wrong turning when Plato began applying the concept of truth, and of falsity, to statements rather than to objects.