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If nothing existed, would even the fact that nothing exists not exist either?

Suppose absolutely nothing existed. Not just no material objects, but also no space, no time, no God, and even no mathematical entities. In such a case, would even the fact that nothing exists itself ...
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Are truth-theoretic functions discretely or continuously separate?

The obtainment relation for states-of-affairs (SoA's) is very similar to the truth relation for assertions. The SEP goes so far as to ask: Pollock (1984a: 53) correctly observes that “obtaining and ...
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The fact/truth distinction and self-deception

One of the two main puzzles of self-deception, as reported in the SEP, is the static paradox ("How can one be in the state of self-deception?"): The dual-belief requirement raises the ...
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The logic of facts

The possibility of propositions is based upon the principle of the representation of objects by signs. My fundamental thought is that the “logical constants” do not represent. That the logic of the ...
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Do brute facts exist, and if so, how can we tell if a given fact is brute or requires further explanation?

In contemporary philosophy, a brute fact is a fact that cannot be explained in terms of a deeper, more "fundamental" fact. There are two main ways to explain something: say what "...
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Facts and the denial of "Iff it is true that A, then it is true that it is true that A"

The SEP article on axiomatic theories of truth goes over a theory in which "the truth iteration axiom ∀A(T[TA] ↔ TA) is inconsistent." Apparently (and this sentence is an edit), it's ...
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Can the fact/value distinction be drawn on any conception of facts, or only some of these?

The SEP article on facts goes over many conceptions of these things. Sec. 5 of the article on correspondence theories of truth lists the following objection at its end: All facts, even the most ...
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States-of-affairs as zero-place analogues of properties and relations?

I've been going slow through the SEP article on intrinsic properties, and came across this intriguing gem: (The locution ‘state of affairs’ is used differently by different philosophers. Here it is ...
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If the modern understanding of the categorical/hypothetical distinction is better than Kant's, does this undermine the categorical imperative?

In first-order logic (FOL), we have dedicated connectives for conditionals and disjunctions. Again in FOL, we can turn a conditional into a disjunction, though. Frege's logic has a judgment stroke, or ...
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Can facts be racist?

Can facts be racist? For example, is the fact that the median white family in the USA has a net worth of about 10 times more than the median black family in the USA, a racist fact? My view is that ...
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Are there conjunctive facts and disjunctive facts?

Facts are supposed to be the grounds for truths. However, consider a conjunctive statement like "Paris is in France and New York City is in the USA". What fact grounds that? Is there such a ...
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