brute fact
Brute or bare facts are supposed to obtain without doing so in virtue of any other facts obtaining. Supervening facts by contrast obtain because other facts do. There is no generally agreed list of (absolutely) brute facts, although it is possible to say that some facts are brute relative to others.

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