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V. The Grounding [346-347]

The first (inceptual) sheltering, the question and decision. The question of truth (meditation), to place the essence of truth up for decision. Origin and necessity of the decision (and of the question). The question: must we (essentially) question? If so, then why? The question and belief



222. Truth


Only if we are standing in the clearing do we experience the self-concealing.

Truth is never a propositionally integrated "system" to which appeal could be made.

Truth is the ground as one that retains and penetrates and that protrudes above the concealed without annulling it, the attuning disposition that disposes as this ground. For this ground is the event itself as the essential occurrence of beyng.

The event bears truth = truth protrudes through the event



The question of truth


The question of truth sounds very pretentious and makes it seem that the questioner, despite posing the question, already knows what it means to be true.

Nevertheless, this questioning is not a mere prelude for the sake of presenting something unquestionable as something that had been attained. Questioning is here the beginning and the end.

"Truth" is meant as the question-worthy essence of what is true, something very tentative and extrinsic for anyone who wants to grasp and possess what is true as quickly as possible.

If there is to be a way out of this situation, then philosophy will have to mask the question of truth in another question, one that sounds different and seems harmless, to avoid every semblance of promising some great proclamations.



223. The essence of truth
(the distorted essence of truth)


If truth essentially occurs as the clearing for that which is self-concealing, and if, in accord with the negativity of being, the distorted essence belongs intrinsically to the essence, then must not the perversion of the essence spread itself out into its distortion? In other words, must not the dissembling of the clearing, as semblance of the essence, and


Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event) (GA 65) by Martin Heidegger