Call for Papers
Issues of Fact: the Pathologies of Fact and the Fictitious in Law and the Humanities
A three-day conference organized by Jeanne Gaakeer and Frans-Willem Korsten
To be held September 24-26, 2015
Erasmus School of Law & Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication – Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society
Deadline application: a proposal of max. 300 words should be sent to email@example.com before May 15th, 2015.
Truth in law is not written in stone. In all legal systems, actors submit their findings and views on what is to constitute that all-important category called “the facts”, in order to have judgment. What, then, in that process, is “fact” and what is “ficticious”, and how do we “know”? These basic questions draw the attention to both etymology and epistemology: fact as the act of “facere”, the act of giving something a recognizable form is that is in itself a also mode of fiction, a “making up”, in literary narratives as well as, historically, when it comes to postulates of science. To Giambattista Vico, for example, any scientific endeavor is equivalent to knowledge of the way in which things came into being. If we have a strong belief in, and thorough acquaintance with a factum as a man-made thing, then on this precondition and presupposition we are able to reach a verum, cognition of a truth.
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