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From Aletheia to Idea: Plato, Heidegger, and the Meaning of Truth — a Talk by Michael Stevenson

This is an online lecture (Eastern Time)

In a lecture in the early 1930s, Heidegger makes a bold claim: in the course of meticulously translating Plato’s famous allegory of the cave, he witnessed “a change in the essence of truth”—a change that commences the entire history of Western metaphysics, up to and including Nietzsche. In short, before Plato, aletheia, usually translated as “truth,” meant the unconcealment of the being of beings—phusis, or “nature”; but, in the peculiar way that Plato uses the word idea to describe his Forms, Heidegger notes a new, and representational, conception of truth: truth as a “correspondence between a thing and a mind.” Join us Tuesday, July 2nd, as we ask, through a close reading of Plato, how convincing is Heidegger’s claim—not least when we consider how much his interpretation relies on “what remains unsaid” in Plato’s text?

Michael Stevenson teaches philosophy at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, with particular focus on the German tradition, from Kant to Idealism, Phenomenology, and Existentialism. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Columbia University.

This talk is being held in the context of BISR’s Language Learning and Critique program, an innovative approach to classical languages and their ever-changing scenes of reception. RSVPs will receive a link to the Zoom meeting room where the talk will be held. Click here for a handout to accompany the talk.

Course Schedule

Tuesday, 6:30pm ET
July 02, 2024


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