The Truth Behind the Veil of Facts
Ortega y Gasset, Jose, UNESCO Courier
The truth behind the veil of facts
FOR centuries the sidereal facts of this world were set clear before the eyes of humans; yet what those facts meant, what they presented to man, what they made evident to him, was by no means a reality, but quite the opposite--an enigma, a profound secret, a problem before which man trembled in terror.
Facts, then, come to be like the figures in hieroglyphic writing. Have you ever noted the paradoxical character of such figures? There they are, holding up their clean profiles to us so ostentatiously; but that very appearance of clarity is there for the purpose of presenting us with an enigma, of producing in us not clarity, but …
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Publication information: Article title: The Truth Behind the Veil of Facts. Contributors: Ortega y Gasset, Jose - Author. Magazine title: UNESCO Courier. Publication date: May-June 1986. Page number: 38. © 1984 UNESCO. COPYRIGHT 1986 Gale Group.
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