Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Truth

The Harvard crest…contains the single word ‘Veritas’ or ‘truth’ … There is a modesty and economy of purpose here that is appealing, although further reflection may suggest that the pursuit of ‘truth’, however defined, is a highly ambitious goal that may be beyond any human institution.

Ann Monotti and Sam Ricketson (2003). Universities and Intellectual Property. Oxford University Press, p.14

1 comment:

ryan2point0 said...

Oh, so true. Some might consider the Harvard crest ironic, because universities are notoriously left wing. Does this colour their perspective? Of course it does. In any human institution, "truth" is inevitably a matter of interpretation. It's important therefore for many interpretations to be heard, even those (or especially those?) that we don't agree with.