One account of the self-evident is to see it as biological necessity, which opens the possibility that this necessity does not reveal the way things are. To realize this possibility would mean that we were stuck necessarily thinking P even though we had good reasons for thinking ~P. Noam Chomsky* argues that this is the case for our idea of “physical” and “material”, sc. that we cannot but think that physical causality involves immediate contact, and yet our physical theories have been unable to explain the physical in light of this ever since Newton. Those of us who hold to traditional philosophies of nature ought to figure out what we are going to do with these sorts of claims.
*The lecture makes no mention of any of his political beliefs.