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Single Idea 15071

[catalogued under 7. Existence / D. Theories of Reality / 7. Facts / b. Types of fact]

Full Idea

A tensed fact is stated by a tensed sentence while a tenseless fact is stated by a tenseless sentence, and they belong to two 'realms' of reality. That Socrates drank hemlock is in the temporal realm, while 2+2=4 is presumably in the timeless realm.

Gist of Idea

Tensed and tenseless sentences state two sorts of fact, which belong to two different 'realms' of reality


Kit Fine (Necessity and Non-Existence [2005], 07)

Book Reference

Fine,Kit: 'Modality and Tense' [OUP 2005], p.341

A Reaction

Put so strongly, I suddenly find sales resistance to his proposal. All my instincts favour one realm, and I take 2+2=4 to be a highly general truth about that realm. It may be a truth of any possible realm, which would distinguish it.