Facts and the World

E. J. Lowe

in The Possibility of Metaphysics

Published in print June 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244997
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597930 | DOI:
 Facts and the World

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In this chapter, consideration is given to the nature of facts or states of affairs. Some philosophers who acknowledge the existence of such entities treat them as abstract entities, while others think of them as being the ultimate building blocks of the concrete world, as the relata of causal relations, and as the truth‐makers of contingent truths. Difficulties with the latter view are identified, but a modest ontological role for facts is preserved, whereby they may be seen as ‘ways things are’ rather than as items that are the fundamental constituents of reality.

Keywords: abstract entities; causation; concrete entities; facts; states of affairs; truth; truth‐makers; world

Chapter.  10167 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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