ad fontes

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Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ad (to) + fontēs, accusative plural form of fōns (fountain”, “spring”, “source) = literally, “to the springs or sources”; probably drawn from Psalm XLI, verse 2[1] of the Latin Vulgate by Spanish humanists.[2]

Phrase[edit]

ad fontēs

  1. (idiomatic) Go to the sources: An expression emphasizing the importance of conducting fundamental research and of consulting primary sources.

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  1. ^ Latin Vulgate Bible, Book of Psalms, Psalm 41, verse 2
      quemadmodum desiderat cervus ad fontes aquarum ita desiderat anima mea ad te Deus
  2. ^ Wahrheit und Methode by Hans-Georg Gadamer (1960); translated as:
    Truth and Method by an unknown translator (1989 revised English translation), page 502