Four: Session Seven
- People often think that if something is controversial or
if the answer is unknown, then this falls into the category of "matter
of opinion." This is incorrect.
- People can have opinions about matters of fact.
- Example: "It is my opinion that there is nothing wrong
with having an abortion."
- This is an opinion about a matter of fact. Either there is
something wrong with it or there is not. It is not a matter of
personal preference as is one's preference for ice cream.
Example: "It is my opinion that people live on other planets."
- This is an opinion about a matter of fact. Either people do
live on other planets or they don't. This is not a matter of
personal preference, even though no one knows the answer
- The key thing to remember is that "matters of fact" (objective
claims) are not connected to anyone's belief. The truth of the
matter is independent of people's minds.
- If something is a "matter of opinion," then it is
a subjective issue.
- In these cases, what "matters" is the opinion and
- If something is a "matter of fact," then it is a
- In these cases, what "matters" is the fact.