But this self-evidence
, which operates hegemonically and reproduces itself as an expectation, functions as a form of violence that suppresses alternative ways of imagining the field.
Jefferson's Declaration of Independence, in a few short sentences, encapsulated the definition of just government: "We hold these Truths to be self-evidence
, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed, that whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such Form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.
But then consider the triumphant conclusion: 'Our real thoughts about what's right, our experience of morality in our lives, and the persistence of our core moral beliefs are best explained by the self-evidence
of the intuitive moral principles.
When viewed through the lens of afterness, the photograph can only dramatize its failure to be about something, its failure to reproduce the self-evidence
of an original scene.
And in outlining the logic of these "new histories" in Ireland After History as an "instructive corrective to the self-evidence
of developmental historiographies which over and again relegate difference to anteriority," Lloyd anticipates, in abstract form, the case studies provided in Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity 1800-2000.
Quine holds that the self-evidence
even of the middling is an epistemic illusion.
Even his use of the word "self-evident" is slippery: does he mean self-evidence
in the sense that the religious doctrines of Islam are self-evidently true (in which case the statement is self-evidently false), or does he mean that any doctrine that has a large number of believers is self-evidently attractive, that is to say in the sociological sense, in which case the term applies as well to Scientology, Nazism, and homoeopathy?
I needed to learn that world--as the baseline by which I would measure myself ever after--more than I needed to be removed into some tailored curriculum that lent me a lifelong sense of entitlement while denying the self-evidence
of Thomas Jefferson's democratic dictum that "all men are created equal.
By interrogating the ways in which we recognize the Jewishness of Jewish literary (and more generally cultural) texts, Freedman joins a relatively small group of critics engaged in the essential labor of challenging the self-evidence
of Jewish American literature and culture's Jewishness.
The body becomes other in its hyperarticulation and its sheer biological self-evidence
, pushing the photograph from an object of potential desire into something verging on the abject.
This dichotomy seems to be based more on alleged self-evidence
on the basis of lay lexical differentiation than on theoretical considerations or even empirical findings.
It is an eloquent illustration of a passage from a little book by Peter Zumthor, called Thinking Architecture: "To me, buildings can have a beautiful silence that I associate with attributes such as composure, self-evidence
, durability, presence and integrity, and with warmth and sensuousness as well; a building that is itself being a building, not representing anything.
This reviewer suggests that self-evidence
is a claim to knowledge of the truth and its moral authority and is not diminished by the fact that--in principle--it applies universally to all men through all time.
His declaration to contest for GoSS Presidency is a self-evidence
fact that his heart is with the suffering masses in the South.
is a bold study in the sociology of knowledge.