William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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This chapter considers Heidegger's essay on Heraclitus entitled ΆΛ́ηθεια. The text analyzed does not even contain the word, nor does the author emphasize that his theme is specifically the problem of truth. The essay deals with the lighting-up process of beings. It points out that this process creates shadows and concealment. It is an essay on truth, but truth in its negativity or finitude. Heidegger seeks to disengage the un-said from a fragment of Heraclitus to the effect that the common denominator of all Heraclitus' most characteristic terms lies in the fact that the Being-to-be-thought in foundational thinking is negatived.

Keywords: Heraclitus; concealment; negativity; fragment

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Subjects: Philosophy

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