Literature, Mystery, and Truth

  • Lawrence Kimmel
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 82)


In this essay I will make use of a procedure and concept of truth that emerged from the work of Brentano and Husserl that runs against the currents and idols of our age. In its most recent articulation in the work of Heidegger, truth asaletheiais an attempt to see the truth of Being as it discloses itself to understanding. In this way, truth is an activity of disclosure that has two moments: coming to light and bringing to light. Its notion is that of allowing things, as it were, to come into presence, to speak for themselves. Rather than construct an artifice of propositional reference for external verification, phenomenological analysis allows for disclosure of meaning through a natural form of life in which a question at issue is at home. A hermeneutical circle of interpretation surrounds a concept – in this case ‘mystery’ – with a network of sense natural to its occurrence, and so brings understanding into a space in which the whole meaning of the moment is revealed.


Human Existence Human Consciousness Literary Imagination Hermeneutic Circle Creative Imagination 
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