As a matter of fact
As a matter of fact
PDF
e-pub

Nøgleord

facts, Wittgenstein, objective certainty, hinge propositions, skepticism

Resumé

In this day and age, facts seem to be equally relevant and irrelevant, depending on your view of the so-called post-factual society. In this article, I look closer at facts by using the philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, supplemented by J.L. Austin and others. I analyze facts in terms of a) true and real, b) a propositional trait and a narrative trait, and c) independent and dependent on the knower/teller of facts. The analysis forces facts to be viewed not as definition in themselves but as appearing under particular circumstances. These circumstances are characterized by being induced by a profound form of skepticism and calling for objective certainty, a term I borrow from Gunnar Svensson.

https://doi.org/10.5278/ojs.ak.v0i17.2511
PDF
e-pub