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Examining the facts

  • Jan Faye
  • Uwe Scheffler
  • Max Urchs
Publiceringsår: 2000
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 87-107
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Things, facts and events
Volym: 76
Dokumenttyp: Del av eller Kapitel i bok
Förlag: Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities. Rodopi


Facts are once again put to work in philosophical enterprises. The discussion in this paper is conducted under the presumption that we for this reason need to examine the nature of facts anew. To some extent it has been taken for granted that the question of properties and particulars is the primary problem to solve, and that the question of facts is secondary. This approach naturally leads to many of the old problems of facts and complexes. By taking facts as truly basic, we should see how we can construct the particulars and universals we still have need for. In order to further this idea, I suggest that facts may be though of as tropes or once-for-all occurrent properties. However, this characterisation of facts is acceptable only if tropes manage without substances or "thin" particulars for their instantiation.


  • Philosophy
  • tropes
  • universals
  • facts


  • ISBN: 978-90-420-1533-3

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