Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology


Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology



Bringing together leading scholars from across the world, this is a comprehensive survey of the latest phenomenological research into the perennial philosophical problem of ‘truth'.

Starting with an historical introduction chronicling the variations on truth at play in the Phenomenological tradition, the book explores how Husserl's methodology equips us with the tools to thoroughly explore notions of truth, reality and knowledge. From these foundations, the book goes on to explore and extend the range of approaches that contemporary phenomenological research opens up in the face of the most profound ontological and epistemological questions raised by the tradition. In the final section, the authors go further still and explore how phenomenology relates to other variations on truth offered up by hermeneutic, deconstructive and narrative approaches.

Across the 12 essays collected in this volume, Variations on Truth explores and maps a comprehensive and rigorous alternative to mainstream analytic discussions of truth, reality and understanding.



Publication Date





New York




Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


Part I: Introduction

1. The Phenomenological Correlation between Consciousness and Object Faced with Its Hermeneutical Challenge / Pol Vandvelde

Part II: Husserlian Resources - Reduction, Imagination, Transcendental Idealism

2. Does Husserl Have a Principle of Reducibility? / Dominique Pradelle

3. The Seduction of Images: A Look at the Role of Images in Husserl's Phenomenology / John Brough

4. From 'Natural Attitude' to Transcendental Idealism: Continuousness or Logical Conflict? / Jean-Francois Lavigne

Part III: Heideggerean Variations: Dasein's Opening, Disclosure, and the History of Being

5. Heidegger's Hermeneutical Critique of Consciousness Revisited / Burt C. Hopkins

6. Transformations in Heidegger's Conception of Truth between 1927 and 1930 / Lázló Tengelyi

7. Heidegger's Fluid Ontology in the 1930s: The Platonic Connection / Pol Vandevelde

Part IV: Toward a Broadened Ontology and Epistemology: Nature, Judgement and Intersubjectivity

8. Harmony in Opposition: On Merleau-Ponty's Heraclitean Theory of Truth / Shazad Akhtar

9. The Role of Infinite Judgment in Hegel's Phenomenology of Truth / Russell Newstadt and Andrew Cutrofello

10. Husserl's (even more) Social Epistemology / Kevin Hermberg

Part V: The Avatars of Truth: Deconstruction, Conversion and Interpretation

11. Reduction, Construction, Destruction of a Three-Way Dialogue: Natorp, Husserl and Heidegger / Jean-François Courtine

12. Truth's Absence: The Hermeneutic Resistance to Phenomenology / Santiago Zabala

13. Truth and Interpretation / Daniel O. Dahlstrom



Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology