Can We See Facts?

Matthew D. Lund

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


We have discussed at length the concepts of seeing and observing. The intellectual and linguistic character of seeing was remarked in such a way that we could at least detect some justice in the assertion that our two astronomers, the thirteenth century man and the twentieth century man, do not see the same thing in the east at dawn. In just this way two doctors may not see the same thing when looking at an x-ray photograph. Nor will two microbiologists necessarily see the same thing when looking at a protozoon, particularly if one calls it a one-celled organism and the other calls it a non-celled organism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSynthese Library
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameSynthese Library
ISSN (Print)0166-6991
ISSN (Electronic)2542-8292

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Logic


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