What is the difference between fact and truth?

A conversation with @JayWigley on Twitter this week has had us thinking. The conversation was about the relationship of truth and fact and whether or not the two things are the same thing.

Finding truth has been a human preoccupation for as long as there have been humans. Aristotle defined truth as “To say of what is that it is not, or of what is not that it is, is false, while to say of what is that it is, and of what is not that it is not, is true.” Aquinas picked up Aristotle’s ball and ran with it and held that “[truth is] equation of thing and intellect.”

In such hyperbole-laden times as these having a basic, philosophical discussion about facts and truth is a healthy exercise. Humanity’s greatest thinkers have left a tremendous framework to guide these discussions but at the end of the day, each of us decides these things for ourselves. So for this Blog Off we’d like to ask you, what is a fact and what is truth and how are they different?

Publish on your blog anytime on Tuesday, May 10th and send a tweet to @letsblogoff or fill out the form here if it is your first contribution so we can pick it up and add you to the list of participating bloggers. Be sure to visit all the other bloggers to see how they tackled the theme. Retweets and comments are always appreciated. Remember to use the #LetsBlogOff hash tag in your Tweets.

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