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Single Idea 21953

[catalogued under 3. Truth / A. Truth Problems / 1. Truth]

Full Idea

We say things like 'he is a true friend'. Heidegger calls this kind of truth 'ontic truth' or the 'uncoveredness' of entities.

Gist of Idea

For Heidegger there is 'ontic' truth or 'uncoveredness', as in "he is a true friend"


report of Martin Heidegger (On the Essence of Truth [1935]) by Mark Wrathall - Heidegger: how to read 7

Book Reference

Wrathall,Mark: 'Heidegger: how to read' [Granta 2005], p.73

A Reaction

[In his later essays] The example is very bad for showing a clear alternative meaning of 'true'. I presume it can only be explained in essentialist terms - an entity is 'true' is its appearance and behaviour conforms to its essence.

Related Idea

Idea 5644 In Hegel's logic it is concepts (rather than judgements or propositions) which are true or false [Hegel, by Scruton]