Gert-Jan van der Heiden. The Truth (and Untruth) of Language: Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida on Disclosure and Displacement . Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 2010. 296 pp. There is much to recommend in Gert-Jan van der Heiden’s The Truth (and Untruth) of Language: Heidegger, Ricoeur, and Derrida on Disclosure and Displacement . Most remarkable is the clarity of thought and expression, especially considering the level of difficulty of the figures and issues that are treated by van der Heiden. In fact, this book is so clear and accessible that I would consider it as a required secondary text for any of the three thinkers with which it is concerned. Composed of four chapters and a conclusion, the book begins with a chapter concerning Heidegger on truth or disclosure and language. This is a very fitting beginning, for van der Heiden’s study is situated squarely within the Heideggerian discourse concerning the issues stated in the book’s title. While chapter one is concerned almost exclusively with Heidegger, chapter two is more issue oriented, taking up the problem of writing in Plato, Ricoeur, and Derrida, and an occasional glance at Heidegger’s purported dismissal of writing in favor of speech. The discussion
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