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Primitive Disclosive Alethism

Davidson, Heidegger, and the Nature of Truth


Timothy J. Nulty

The contemporary debate about truth between deflationists and robust theorists centers around the question of whether truth has an underlying essence. This book advances this discussion by arguing that both Davidson and Heidegger have similar and complementary theories of truth not readily subsumed under traditional headings. By developing key aspects of each philosopher’s theory, a new theory of truth is revealed that occupies the middle ground in the current debate. This theory is concordant with many of our intuitions about truth, yet avoids many of the traditional problems. Philosophers and students working within one tradition, whether analytic or continental, will find this book a helpful resource for understanding the other tradition.