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Ad (“to”) + fontēs, accusative plural form of fōns (“fountain”, “spring”, “source”) = literally, “to the springs or sources”; probably drawn from Psalm XLI, verse 2 of the Latin Vulgate by Spanish humanists.
- (idiomatic) Go to the sources: An expression emphasizing the importance of conducting fundamental research and of consulting primary sources.
- A motto of Renaissance humanists. Similarly, the Protestant Reformation called for the return to the Bible as the primary source of Christian faith. The idea in both cases was that sound knowledge depends on the earliest and most fundamental sources.
- ab initio (“from the beginning”)
- ^ Latin Vulgate Bible, Book of Psalms, Psalm 41, verse 2
quemadmodum desiderat cervus ad fontes aquarum ita desiderat anima mea ad te Deus
- ^ Wahrheit und Methode by Hans-Georg Gadamer (1960); translated as:
Truth and Method by an unknown translator (1989 revised English translation), page 502