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In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
In: Danish Yearbook of Philosophy
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Abstract

Facts are sometimes identified with true sentences. But they are also considered as truth makers. Both views cannot be correct. In this paper I side with Austin against Strawson that facts are non-linguistic entities. They can be identified by experience, and they act as truth makers only as long as they can be so identified. Thus, I hold that the truth relation is neither purely intensional nor purely extensional. Rather I shall argue that it supervenes on a conventional correlation of types of facts and types of sentences.

In: Things, Facts and Events
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The volume deals with ontological and semantical issues concerning things, facts and events. Ontology tells us about what there is, whereas semantics provides answers to how we refer to what there is. Basic ontological categories are commonly accepted along with basic linguistic types, and linguistic types are accepted as basic if and because they refer to acknowledged ontological categories. In that sense, both disciplines are concerned with structure - the structure of the world and the structure of our language.
An extended introduction overviews the topic as a whole, presenting in detail its history and the main contemporary approaches and discussions.
More than 20 contributions by internationally acknowledged scholars make the volume a comprehensive study of some very fundamental philosophical entities.