Principles are “self-evident” (cf.
It is evident in the growing market for pet clothing, pet grooming and pet hotels.
Lesions may be classified as anatomic (evident to the unaided senses), histologic (evident only under a microscope), or biochemical (evident only by chemical analysis).
According to Sidgwick, to be sure that a proposition is self-evident it must:
In some of his early works, Chisholm analyzed knowledge as evident true belief.
(SE) asserts only that self-evident propositions are evident, not that they are certain.
It is self-evident just as a mathematical axiom, or the validity of a form of inference, is evident….
Bealer’s example shows that we can have episodic intuitions of false propositions and propositions that are not self-evident.
One should distinguish knowing a self-evident proposition from knowing that that proposition is self-evident.
There is, however, a related notion that we shall employ, namely, the notion of one statement being more evident than another.
The stipulation that the premises of a scientific demonstration must be indemonstrable, that is, self-evident, leads to a prima facie difficulty.
For Epicurus, a criterion is that evident thing, viz., the content of a sense-perception, against which claims about the non-evident are tested.
If some apparent self-evident proposition does not have all of these features then we should reduce our confidence that it is a genuine self-evident proposition.
The assumption is that an evident proposition arises from, or is formulated from, certain types of simple evident apprehensions, namely, intuitive apprehensions.
When it comes then to a truly evident judgment, propositions which are per se nota can cause evident judgments because the truth of those propositions can in no way be doubted.
Quine and Ullian (1978), for example, consider the traditional philosophical picture that all truths could be proved by self-evident steps from self-evident truths and observation.
Descartes does not hold that God’s existence is immediately self-evident, or self-evident to everyone, but that it can become self-evident to some careful and industrious meditators.
The general strategy is to show that sensory knowledge rests on inductive knowledge, that inductive knowledge rests on self-evident knowledge, and that introspective knowledge can be defended as analogous to self-evident knowledge.
He says that the idea of “complex evidence” can be understood in two ways: either as referring to the apprehension of an evident proposition itself or to the so-called “evident judgment” which has been caused by this evident proposition.
None of these principles would explain how we can have knowledge of the past, for none of these principles implies that beliefs about the past can rise to the status of being evident — and according to Chisholm a person can know a fact only if it is evident for him.
- clearly revealed to the mind or the senses or judgment
- capable of being seen or noticed
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