When the soul leaves the body it is supposed to be parched. Therefore it can be cajoled into drinking from the river called λήθη which causes the forgetting of the previous life. ἀλήθεια therefore means remembering your past life.
Contra Heidegger, who finds in it a more original, ontological conception of truth, ἀλήθεια is essentially epistemic.
You see, etymology is a genuine science. But Heidegger botched his investigation—further evidence of the dangers of midwittery. Heidegger did not carry the science to its ultimate conclusion vis-à-vis the history of truth. He stopped short because he placed too much emphasis on the agency of the individual philosopher over Being, i.e., the ἰδέα. The obsession with an imagined Platonic rupture in history.
History is not the work of individuals acting independently; it is not driven by the idiosyncracies of philosophers, artists, and statesmen. This is tantamount to relativism. Rather there is only Spirit, which at once locks the prevailing ideology—the ἰδέα in the form of the unconscious δόξα of the masses—and at the same time inspires the philosopher to
recollect synthesize the ἰδέα and write it down. That is all. There is no—“Plato screwed up Being so we have to go back and fix it.” Rather, the ἰδέα is all around us. Rhodes is here. Leap here.
April 14th, 2022:
The problem with Heidegger’s philosophy is that it is too Nietzschean, too self-contradictory, and thus cannot compete with the prevailing English universal. I suspect that the reason Germany lost the Second World War, was because Hitler took Nietzsche’s metaphysics (even if he mangled it) rather than Hegel’s metaphysics, as his foundation and his most essential ground. Nietzsche’s philosophy is so riddled with contradictions and confusions at every level, that any attempt to put it into practice must fail. It is so much hot air. (I shall expand on this in a later post.) Nietzsche and Heidegger are the philosophers of a childish Destruktion and hubris. And pride goeth before a fall.
All that is needed now is for some excellent man to take up the Hegelian ἰδέα and champion it over and against the empty English universal. Žižek does this to some degree, but he mostly uses Hegel to patch up the flaws in Lacanian psychoanalysis, which reduces πνεῦμα to ψυχή. Dugin sometimes comes close to Hegel, but he’s still too mired in the Nietzschean-Heideggerian bog. What is needed is a Hegelianism that does not capitulate; i.e., a National Idealism or National Traditionalism.