Assert self - Idioms by The Free Dictionary
assert (one)self (redirected from assert self)
To display self-confidence and strength of conviction, typically in the pursuit of something. Melanie is always so timid—I'm shocked she was able to assert herself to the boss today. You need to assert yourself and tell her how you really feel!
To act boldly or forcefully, especially in defending one's rights or stating an opinion.
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This seemingly overlooked 2014 book (first published in 1977 in French) in African philosophy asks how could Muntu (the human being in the African condition) initiate/found a practice of philosophy that assumes and testifies to the singularity of the African situation today and assert self
as subject and object of his/her parole.
Waugh's allusive and dislogic procedures sustain this stance throughout her work, which leads towards the reminder that 'The controversies over interpretation within literary criticism have taught us that art is an ever open dialogue of self and other' and the suggestion that 'Perhaps the most positive lesson of Postmodernism is that to see existence in terms of such an aesthetic model may be to recognise that "autonomy" can still be achieved but in ways which do not necessarily assert self
by annihilating other.