A true university is (and has always been) anchored in values. Deprived of this holding ground, it can only drift at the caprice of all the winds and currents of fashion, and, in the end, is doomed to founder in the shallows of farce and incoherence. In a private letter (posthumously published), Hannah Arendt provided a striking insight on the relation between truth and thought that could provide an illumina-ting paradigm for the dependence of any scholarly investigation upon a pre-existing concept of values. Arendt wrote: "The chief fallacy is to believe that Truth is a result which comes at the end of a thought process. Truth, on the contrary, is always the beginning of thought... Thinking starts after an experience of Truth has struck home, so to speak. The difference between philosophers and other people is that the former refuse to let go, but not that they are the only receptacles of Truth... Truth, in other words, is not in thought, but... it is the condition for the possibility of thinking. It is both beginning and a priori...."........................
- An Educated Man is not a Pot, an interview with Pierre Ryckmans
- An Interview with Pierre Ryckmans
- In Quest of the Authentic COnfucius, by John Makeham