Heidegger and the Measure of Truth Themes from his Early Philosophy

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-02-07
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Denis McManus presents a new interpretation of Martin Heidegger's early vision of our subjectivity and of the world we inhabit. Drawing on an examination of Heidegger's work throughout the 1920s, McManus takes as central to Heidegger's 'fundamental ontology' the proposals that propositional thought presupposes a mastery of what might be called a 'measure', and that mastery of such a 'measure' requires a recognizably 'worldly' subject. He provides novel readings ofkey elements of Heidegger's philosophy, and argues that Heidegger's central claims identify genuine demands that we must meet if we are to achieve the feat of thinking determinate thoughts about the world around us.

Author Biography

Denis McManus is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Southampton. His research concentrates on the work of Martin Heidegger and Ludwig Wittgenstein. He is the author of The Enchantment of Words: Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (OUP 2006) and editor of Wittgenstein and Scepticism (Routledge, 2004).

Table of Contents

Part One
1. The Concept of 'Constitution'
2. 'Constitution' and the Categories
Part Two
3. Vorhandenheit
4. Dreyfus's Concept of the 'Background'
Part Three
5. The Measure of Truth
6. The 'Founding' of Measurement in an Understanding without Fit
Part Four
7. Being-in-the-world and Truth Revisited
8. Vorhandenheit and Zuhandenheit Revisited
9. Metaphilosophical Issues and Further Questions

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