The Experience of Truth

By Gaetano Chiurazzi
Translated by Robert T. Valgenti

Subjects: Hermeneutics, Philosophy, Phenomenology, Heidegger, Aristotle
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Italian Philosophy
Paperback : 9781438466446, 134 pages, July 2018
Hardcover : 9781438466453, 134 pages, November 2017

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Table of contents


1. Before Judgment
Judgment and Truth
Hyparchein en tini: Ontological Antecedence
Hyparchein tini: The Essential Antecedence
The Inesse: From Boethius to Leibniz
The Presupposition of Truth

2. Verbum Consignificat Tempus
The Nominal Phrase: The Presence and the Absence of the Copula
The Elimination of the Copula: Truth without Time
Signifying the Non-objectual: Synthesis and Time
The Speculative Proposition: The Time of Knowing
From Time to Consignificatio Existentiae

3. The Experience of Truth as the Experience of Time
The Form of Truth: Deixis and the Elliptical Character of Judgment
Correspondence and Metaphysics
Beyond Parmenides: Excess as Future and Anticipation
The Ontological Background of Aletheia: Ontology of the Possible

4. Truth and Transformation
Truth Changes
The Pragmatization of Hermeneutics
The Hermeneuticization of Pragmatism
The Truth of Experience: The Myth of the Cave
The “Anticonformist” Character of Truth

5. More Than the Real
The Extra-Methodicalness of Truth as the Objectivity of Happening
The Abstraction of the Experimental Consciousness and the Temporality of Presentation
Truth as Transmutation into Form
Formation as Elevation to an Intensional Universality

6. The Sense of Truth
Force and Interpretation
An Experimental Ontology
For Whom Is Truth?

7. A Non-alienated Conception of Truth
The Form of Truth: Truth and Experiential Realism
Against the Equivalence-Thesis
Beyond Domination: Truth as Countervailing Power

Notes and Bibliography

Advances a hermeneutic conception of truth as a mode of being, in dialogue with Aristotle, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Heidegger, Putnam, and Rorty.


What does it mean to say that something is true? In this book Gaetano Chiurazzi argues that when we say that something is true, we do not say something merely about a state of affairs, but also about ourselves. Truth is not just the fact of "what is out there," but a mode of existence that shapes and transforms human understanding. Supported by an original reading of Aristotle's theory of judgment and Heidegger's hermeneutical theory of truth, Chiurazzi also engages the work of Nietzsche, Gadamer, Putnam, and Rorty to challenge the rising tide of theories that dismiss the importance of human experience to the idea of truth.

Gaetano Chiurazzi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Turin, Italy. Robert T. Valgenti is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College.


"This is a work of original scholarship. It does not simply explain key ideas but makes a compelling case for regarding truth in a distinctive way from a hermeneutic perspective." — James Risser, author of Heidegger toward the Turn: Essays on the Work of the 1930s