Sociology conceives itself as a natural science elucidating a factual sequence.
It combines in-depth factual information with the author's experience and many illuminating anecdotes about badgers and their nocturnal behavior.
Think of how the computer in the Star Trek universe was a purely factual machine.
Now from Philo to Origen we have a long Hellenistic, Jewish and Christian application of that all-embracing allegorism, where one thing stands for another and where no factual details resist resolution into a symbol of religious ideas and forces.
The Fourth Gospel is the noblest instance of this kind of literature, of which the truth depends not on the factual accuracy of the symbolizing appearances but on the truth of the ideas and experiences thus symbolized.
There's not a lick of factual proof and there's a chance there never will be.
If there was any factual evidence...
Winston had made sure there was no factual proof Byrne was alive.
His factual response chilled her.
We coached her to clearly give the detailed factual information Howie had developed but answer no questions.