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Devotion or adherence to fact.

fac′tu·al·ist n.
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(ˈfæk tʃu əˌlɪz əm)

emphasis on, devotion to, or extensive reliance upon facts.
fac′tu•al•ist, n.
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1. excessive concern for f acts.
2. a theory or belief relying heavily on fact. — factualist, n. — factualistic, adj.
See also: Knowledge
1. excessive concern for facts.
2. a theory or belief relying heavily on fact. — factualist, n.factualistic, adj.
See also: Thinking
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(29) I take this sort of view to follow naturally from factualism about reasons plus what Kiesewetter calls the Backup View:
(233) This theory is situated between factualism and autocracy.
In 1959, in his paper "The Crisis of Comparative Literature", Rene Wellek attacked the French School for its reliance on "historical relativism" and "factualism" (282) that put comparative literature on the edge of a crisis.
Their bohemia shared a way of life and a new vision of art and poetry through experimental aesthetics: "spontaneous composition, direct expression of mind, jazz-based improvisation; factualism, [.] following breath line, prophetic utterance" (Johnson and Grace 2002: 2).
The designation is, of course, a way of insisting upon an obdurate factualism rooted in the machinist impulses of the 1920s, that of the Bauhaus particularly, while rejecting the all-but-omnipresent representational traditions of Italian painting--be it the Gothic Renaissance revivalism that was typical of Carra of the 1920s, or, even more so, the lauded achievements (and often Fascist-sponsored painting) of the Novecentisti, the "artists of the 1900s."
They led the discipline in an arid landscape of rigid factualism, evolutionist in general perspective but suspicious of any more pointed form of causality.").
He had become, in the words of another Heidelberg student, a "representative figure of the victory of the new literary scholarship over that of the nineteenth century: its factualism, its dependence on external biography, its accumulation of filiations, parallels, sources and analogues, in short, the antiquarianism dominating the German [...] universities" (Wellek 1968:394ff).
Man's one-sidedness in worldly affairs high intellectualism and incessant factualism deprive him of perennial innocence and crude spontaneity.
Lady Eastlake, along with Anna Jameson and Emilia Dilke, brought a factualism to art criticism that "included the precise attribution of artworks as well as the analysis of the material conditions under which artworks were produced" (142, below).
Finally, Seth Yalcin sets out an alternative to factualism for epistemic modality.
The migration approach is frequently associated with factualism. Its exponents frequently object to the cognitive-constraints approach on the grounds that it goes beyond the hard facts, by applying to them cognitive hypotheses; and, as all hypotheses, these cannot be true but, at most, plausible.