<!DOCTYPE html><HTML lang="en"> <head><meta charset="utf-8"> <title>Read (Stephen) - The Unity of the Fact (Theo Todman's Book Collection - Paper Abstracts) </title> <link href="../../TheosStyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css"><link rel="shortcut icon" href="../../TT_ICO.png" /></head> <BODY> <CENTER> <div id="header"><HR><h1>Theo Todman's Web Page - Paper Abstracts</h1><HR></div><A name="Top"></A> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4509.htm">The Unity of the Fact</A></th></tr> <tr><th><A HREF = "../../Authors/R/Author_Read (Stephen).htm">Read (Stephen)</a></th></tr> <tr><th>Source: Philosophy - 80, Jul2005, Issue 313, p317-342, 16p, 1 graph</th></tr> <tr><th>Paper - Abstract</th></tr> </TABLE> </CENTER> <P><CENTER><TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=400><tr><td><A HREF = "../../PaperSummaries/PaperSummary_04/PaperSummary_4509.htm">Paper Summary</A></td><td><A HREF="#ColourConventions">Text Colour-Conventions</a></td></tr></TABLE></CENTER></P> <hr><P><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><U>Philosophers Index Abstract</U><FONT COLOR = "800080"><ol type="1">What binds the constituents of a fact together and provides unity? I argue that the fact that they are related is basic. This is factualism: the world is one of facts. I draw three corollaries: first, the identity theory of truth is mistaken, in conflating what represents with what is represented. Secondly, an interpretation of Wittgenstein's Tractatus, whereby false propositions picture nonexistent state of affairs, cannot be right. Finally, the metaphysics of <a name="1"></a><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_1/Notes_121.htm">modal</A><SUP>1</SUP> realism must be wrong, for there are no nonactual states of affairs to constitute worlds other than the actual world.<BR><BR>(Author): Asserts that the claim that the problem of unity of the fact is that of reconstituting the fact from its constituents once they have been abstracted from it, is misconceived. Argument that it is the way the problem is described and conceived which is the problem; Reasons why truth is a substantial and external property; Ways by which the Leibnizian strategy destroys the unity of the fact.</ol></FONT><FONT COLOR = "0000FF"><HR></P><a name="ColourConventions"></a><p><b>Text Colour Conventions (see <A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1025.htm">disclaimer</a>)</b></p><OL TYPE="1"><LI><FONT COLOR = "0000FF">Blue</FONT>: Text by me; &copy; Theo Todman, 2018</li><LI><FONT COLOR = "800080">Mauve</FONT>: Text by correspondent(s) or other author(s); &copy; the author(s)</li></OL> <BR><HR><BR><CENTER> <TABLE class = "Bridge" WIDTH=950> <TR><TD WIDTH="30%">&copy; Theo Todman, June 2007 - August 2018.</TD> <TD WIDTH="40%">Please address any comments on this page to <A HREF="mailto:theo@theotodman.com">theo@theotodman.com</A>.</TD> <TD WIDTH="30%">File output: <time datetime="2018-08-03T00:13" pubdate>03/08/2018 00:13:05</time> <br><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_10/Notes_1010.htm">Website Maintenance Dashboard</A></TD></TR> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="#Top">Return to Top of this Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="40%"><A HREF="../../Notes/Notes_11/Notes_1140.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Philosophy Page</A></TD> <TD WIDTH="30%"><A HREF="../../index.htm">Return to Theo Todman's Home Page</A></TD> </TR></TABLE></CENTER><HR> </BODY> </HTML>