Matter of fact

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A matter of fact is a lexical phrase.[1] In the Humean sense, is the type of knowledge that can be characterized as arising out of one's interaction with and experience in the external world (as compared to a relations of ideas). In a Kantian framework, it is equivalent to the synthetic a posteriori.


  • The sun will come out tomorrow. (Not reason but habitual)
  • There are people outside the room. (One cannot know what is outside one's own experience)
How we know


  1. Willis, D. (2003). Rules, Patterns and Words: Grammar and Lexis in English Language Teaching. Cambridge Language Teaching Library. Cambridge University Press. p. 44. ISBN 978-0-521-82924-3. 

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