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We're not really helping, are we ogged? Fontana, who besides Wittgenstein comes to mind? I suppose you could go to Searle and 'brute' vs. 'linguistic' fact...


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 11:26 AM
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They don't have to say "fact." I thought you'd be all over the Hegel, baa.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 11:28 AM
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I think I've misunderstood: what exactly are you looking for defintions of? Reality? A statement with a truth-functional value?


Posted by: baa | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 11:53 AM
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A statement with a truth-functional value? is closest to the mark. What I'm really after is that little bundle of metaphysical/epistemological/linguistic accounts that philosophers have used to describe "what is the case." Crudest example: a "fact" is something we can see.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 12:04 PM
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Posted by: maha | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 1:20 PM
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A fact is that which has been (or can be) observed and/or measured. That which has been (or can be) observed is of either an empirical nature or of opinion based on past experience. Fact has the presumption of reproducibility.


Posted by: SK | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 2:42 PM
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Ok SK, that's exactly the kind of thing I'm looking for, but it needs to be attached to a particular philosopher.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 2:44 PM
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The Baconian Method by Francis Bacon


Posted by: SK | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 2:48 PM
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Excellent. Thank you.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 2:49 PM
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I remember hearing Bob Brandom insist at a talk, to general incredulousness, that "a fact is just a true claim." This seemed to be his considered view. In 1990. I don't have _Making It Boblicit_ on my desk at the moment, but I imagine he repeats the claim there. And if it's true that that's what a fact is, you'll have an example of a fact right there -- I mean, in the claim itself.


Posted by: Ted H. | Link to this comment | 05- 3-04 10:05 PM
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Posted by: [redacted] | Link to this comment | 05- 4-04 8:55 AM
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There's Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue): "belief in [facts] is one with belief in witches and in unicorns."


Posted by: gauche | Link to this comment | 05- 5-04 8:22 AM
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