Truth for an Emerging Human Project

While Gadamer’s main arguments followed his teacher, his language moves away from metaphysical conditions for the disclosure of truth, ‘discourse’, and towards the collection of traits which compose that condition — that which he calls ‘tradition’. Tradition is an object which invests the metaphysical subject with content — even if that content is amorphous. In as much, Gadamer falls dangerously close to the realm of the sociology. After all, it is only on this account that his work could come to be critiqued from his epistemological contemporaries — including especially Jürgen Habermas. Therefore, today, we find his language of ‘tradition’ undoubtedly bound up in the socio-logic which began when ὁμοίωσις was transported from the Ancient Greeks into Latin, and in so doing, prepared a truth for ‘the human subject’. So, when we say that we wish to redeem truth from the perversion of the epistemic tradition, we likewise wish to redeem Heidegger from even his own immediate followers. If we wish to nurture truth and authenticity, we must take over Heidegger’s search for the clearing for truth. Therefore, this article series moves forward with what has been gained through his research into the self-authoring human spirit — an understanding that truth is conditioned pre-intellectually, by way of the rhythmic harmony with nature which we have identified as ‘discourse’ — which alone is the metaphysical subject. This understanding of the judgement of truth informs our prescriptions going forward.

Justin Carmien

Lecturer on Philosophy at Spinderihallerne, Vejle Denmark. Philosophy of mind, philosophy of science, metaphysics, and political metamodernism

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