[SydPhil] [UWS seminar] Giovanna Miolli: The Relationship between Truth and Certainty in Hegel's Conception of Truth

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Philosophy Seminars 2013
The Writing and Society Research Centre and Philosophy at UWS present:

Giovanna Miolli, University of Padua (Italy)

TITLE: The Relationship between Truth and Certainty in Hegel's Conception of Truth

DATE/TIME: Wednesday 4 September, 3.30 pm - 5.00 pm

PLACE: University of Western Sydney, Bankstown Campus, Building 3, Room 3.G.54  [How to get to Bankstown Campus]<http://www.uws.edu.au/campuses_structure/cas/campuses/bankstown>

The paper attempts to clarify a fundamental aspect of the concept of 'philosophical truth' proposed by Hegel. In particular, it is claimed that this concept is inclusive of the further notion of 'certainty'. To put it more precisely, the philosophical truth is to be understood as the identity between truth and certainty. This position presents important implications concerning the relation between ontology and epistemology.
The paper proceeds as follows. The first part aims at noting an interesting  correspondence between the last chapter of the Phenomenology and the Introduction to the Science of Logic that specifically addresses the topic we are investigating. The second part deals with the clarification and internal articulation of the terms at stake with respect to the Hegelian horizon. It will be suggested how to intend both 'truth' and 'certainty'. Furthermore, some references to certain contemporary positions that face the truth-certainty matter will be added. Based on the considerations presented in the previous sections, part three tries to show how to reintegrate the preceding definitions of 'truth' and 'certainty' into their identity, and therefore to highlight the speculative move Hegel realises. Taking seriously the Hegelian proposal, the conclusion emphasises some suggestions regarding the relationship between ontology and epistemology that the contemporary theories of truth should take into account.

Giovanna Miolli is a PhD student in Philosophy at the University of Padua (Italy). Her PhD research project focuses on the concept of truth in Hegelian philosophy. She graduated under the supervision of Prof. Franco Chiereghin, during her Master's thesis she started to investigate the truth topic, mainly with reference to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit. Her latest research interests also include the recent debate on metaphysical and non-metaphysical interpretations of Hegel's philosophy and the study of actual theories of truth within the field of analytic philosophy.

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