"Fictio", or The Purposes of Historical Statements


Fictio or the purposes of historical statements

Facts do not have absolute value. Facts are relative. The same fact can have a different meaning. To make a fact meaningful it has to be associated with other facts. Hence, the association is very important for the analysis and evaluation of fact. Facts are not separable from their expression. The expression of a fact is inseparable from its [purpose. There is no absolute hierarchy between fact and fiction. Understanding is the primary purpose of historical truth. But the truth is something that is understood by our mind and it is internal. Sometimes the same fact can produce different types of truth. The fact is open reality but truth is conceptual.