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Copyright 2012 Lucas Nicolato

The following text is a work of fiction. Any similarity or likeness to actual events or persons living or dead is purely coincidental. The opinions or worldviews expressed by characters or narrators are also fictitious and in no way represent the opinions of the author. Cover art: Burgfräulein von Strechau. Ölgemälde, 17. Jh., Museum Stift Admont.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that a man's character must be known through his acts. No matter how eloquent and eager to advance his own feelings he is, there can never be a clear window into his innermost experiences. Not to accept this fact is to fall prey to the illusions fostered by novelists and other romantic creatures that pretend to be in possession of a fictitious acquaintance with the heart of fictitious men.

If it is true that we must consider a man's character under the light of his deeds, it is also true that we must consider his ideas under the light of his character. For a love letter say little of the inner workings of its author's soul and, for the same reason, a philosophical essay is no witness to what truly brought the ideas contained in it into existence, moreover when the philosopher has interests in its consequences other than mere contemplative speculation.

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