Why are so many politicians, intellectuals, and journalists so fond of ‘facts’?

John Lukacs

John Lukacs

“The word “fact” appears neither in the Old or the New Testament.” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 99.

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“In any event, around 1900, a certain skepticism about the cult of Facts began to appear even in England.  “The English,” said Wilde, “are always degrading truths into facts.  When a truth becomes a fact it loses all of its intellectual value.” ― Historical Consciousness, Copyright © 1968 by John Lukacs, Harper & Row, Publishers, Page 101.

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“Facts” ― inevitably dependent on their associations and, more important, on their statements ― are not truths.  Their statements or expressions can come close to truths ― which is the best we can expect.  A “fact” is never absolute.  (Our very language reflects this.  “This is true” is not quite the same as: “This is the truth.”) ― Remembered Past; On History, Historians, and Historical Knowledge, by John Lukacs, Chapter I, Page 17, edited by Mark G. Malvasi and Jeffrey O. Nelson, ISI Books, Wilmington, Delaware, © 2005 ISI Books.

 

 

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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