The Essence of Truth (aletheia) and the Western Tradition in the Thought of Heidegger and Patocka

JVF Conference Papers

In this essay, I first try to sketch out Heidegger’s path concerning the question of truth and consider some possible criticism of it. Second, I focus our attention on Heidegger’s rethinking of the metaphysical tradition which, according to Heidegger, has reached its end. In this context we will examine the thinking of Jan Patocka. I think Patocka is one of the most interesting, even if little-known and misunderstood, readers of Heidegger’s texts. My hope here is to show, first, how we can understand Heidegger’s ideas better through the writings of Patocka and, second, that by considering Patocka’s appropriation of Heidegger, which emphasizes the need to think with and even beyond Heidegger, we can avoid becoming mere ‘Heideggerians.

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