Definition of social fact in English:

social fact


  • A thing originating in the institutions or culture of a society which affects the behavior or attitudes of an individual member of that society.

    ‘the social facts of class-based hierarchies’
    • ‘The second of these social facts is a society's rewarding of people who do not break its laws.’
    • ‘When it comes to criminal justice, which is always a mirror of social justice, the state, in this case the courts, imperatively has to take note of the social facts relevant to the construction of values, principles and rules.’
    • ‘Any large-scale public program encounters similar administrative difficulties when it uses simple rules to approximate complex social facts.’
    • ‘But ultimately these judgments rest not on the scientific or social facts as such, but on moral judgment calls about how one evaluates these facts.’
    • ‘If you want to prove a moral principle, you need a further moral principle from which to prove it - physical and social facts just won't do.’
    • ‘In other words, we have increasingly grown to accept crime and its risk as an everyday social fact, and management of this risk is part of our everyday lives and our calculations.’
    • ‘This suggests what I think is true, that social facts in general, and institutional facts especially, are hierarchically structured.’
    • ‘For me, we are all animals, biological beasts; we share with all sorts of other animals the capacity for collective intentionality, and with collective intentionality you get social facts automatically.’
    • ‘Weber sees the damage inherent in failing to openly acknowledge one's values, and the even greater danger in falling prey to the delusion that the analyst can evaluate social facts completely independent of own values.’
    • ‘Accounting represents and is reflexively part of a social reality that depends on collective agreement about the nature, function, and construction of complex social facts such as income and capital.’
    • ‘In a second step, he goes from the individual mind to society, showing how the ‘construction’ of social facts is possible, given consciousness and intentionality.’
    • ‘According to Mises, economics is a set of logical deductions about ‘what is,’ in the sense that the images it constructs must be relevant to the social facts one aims to describe.’
    • ‘Although Searle is not alone in being an internalist with respect to mental states, what is unusual and controversial about his position is that he is also an internalist with respect to social facts.’
    • ‘These are simply social facts, not prescriptions for how we are ‘to construct our moral and political order.’’
    • ‘As social facts, differences are created by the interaction of person with person or person with institution; they inhere in the relationship, not in the person.’
    • ‘Economic transactions are social facts, as Searle would allow.’
    • ‘The pedigree thesis asserts that legal validity is a function of certain social facts.’
    • ‘Everyone is aware of the enormous growth of Internet use; it is one of the most remarkable social facts of our time.’
    • ‘The social facts that are the result of the imposition of status functions are called institutional facts.’
    • ‘Whereas Mill assumed that the social fact of ethnic pluralism was sufficient to prevent workable democracy, current theories understand only politically relevant ethnic cleavages to be a hindrance to democracy.’


social fact

/ˈsōSHəl fakt/ /ˈsoʊʃəl fækt/