body of fact

Leonardo   Tue Aug 29, 2006 7:22 pm GMT
I couldn't find a definition for "body of fact". Anyone could help me pls?

The sentence:

"Doubt is our product, since it is the best means of competing with the 'body of fact' that exists in the mind of the general public."

Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corporation
Deborah   Tue Aug 29, 2006 8:59 pm GMT
Leonardo, this is the definition of "body" that applies to your example:

"A collection or quantity, as of material or information."

"Body of fact" in your sentence refers to all the information about tobacco/smoking that is now common knowledge among the general public.
Robin   Wed Aug 30, 2006 5:19 am GMT
"Doubt is our product": This sounds like a Public Relations exercise, to caste doubt on "the body of fact" ie the generally known opinion that smoking is bad for you - in the mind of the general public.

So, the Public Relations Firm is encouraging people to doubt the received wisdom, that smoking is bad for you.
Leonardo   Wed Aug 30, 2006 11:00 am GMT
Thank you Deborah and Robin.

I think the following definition would also apply for "body": a large amount of something:
There is a growing body of evidence to support their claim.
She collected a huge body of information on the subject.