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The “Ontological Difference” Again. A Dialetheic Perspective on Heidegger’s Mainstay

Francesco Gandellini
Published Online: 2018-08-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0011


This paper intends to offer a new assessment of the “Ontological Difference” (OD), one of Martin Heidegger’s mainstays, in the light of the metaphysical view called “dialetheism”. In the first paragraph I briefly summarize the main argument of Heidegger’s contradiction of Being, where OD is present as a premise. In the second paragraph I introduce dialetheism, indicate two kinds of dialetheic solutions to the paradox and explain why they face comeback troubles from OD. The third paragraph is devoted to a review of Heidegger’s uses of OD and underlines the crucial role of negation in it. In the fourth paragraph I investigate the philosopher’s account of negation and show similarities with the account provided by the paraconsistent logic called “Logic of Paradox”. The fifth paragraph puts forward two possible readings of OD, the first based on the classical notion of negation and the second on the notion of negation pointed out in the previous paragraph. The second reading is proved suitable for dialetheists and in accordance with the exegesis of some textual passages from Heidegger’s late works.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; ontological difference; dialetheism; Logic of Paradox


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About the article

Received: 2018-06-09

Accepted: 2018-08-16

Published Online: 2018-08-29

Citation Information: Open Philosophy, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 143–154, ISSN (Online) 2543-8875, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/opphil-2018-0011.

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