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Tugendhat, Ernst (1930–)

GARY STEINER


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DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405168908.2010.x


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German philosopher; professor at the Freie Universität in Berlin. In his landmark work, The Concept of Truth in Husserl and Heidegger (1970), Tugendhat contrasts Husserl's intentionality based conception of truth with the senses of truth which H eidegger develops before and after his “turning,” and he demonstrates the fundamentally decisionistic (and hence nihilistic) character of truth in Heidegger's Being and Time . In his other major work, Tugendhat develops a theory of rationality which rejects “object-centered” philosophies of language in favor of an analysis of meaning in terms of linguistic usage; as part of this theory he argues for a version of a consensus theory of truth, according to which the decisions made by the most experienced members of the relevant community serve as the proper measure for moral justification. 1970 : Der Wahrheitsbegriff bei Husserl und Heidegger . 1976 (1982) : Traditional and Analytic Philosophy . 1979 (1986) : Self-consciousness and Self-determination . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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