(philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
The theory that the self is all that exists or that can be proven to exist.
Self-absorption, an unawareness of the views or needs of others.
Origin: From solus + ipse + -ism.
Origin: [L. solus alone + ipse self.]
Solipsism is the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure. The external world and other minds cannot be known, and might not exist outside the mind. As a metaphysical position, solipsism goes further to the conclusion that the world and other minds do not exist. As such it is the only epistemological position that, by its own postulate, is both irrefutable and yet indefensible in the same manner.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
sol′ip-sizm, n. the theory that self-existence is the only certainty, absolute egoism—the extreme form of subjective idealism.—n. Sol′ipsist, one who believes in this.—adj. Solipsis′tic. [L. solus, alone, ipse, self.]
The numerical value of solipsism in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of solipsism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Of course I believe that solipsism is the correct philosophy, but that's only one man's opinion.
How miserable a solipsist is! It is rather senseless for him to even assert his belief in solipsism, for, on the one hand, if his belief is false it is like committing intellectual suicide, and, on the other hand, if his belief is true it is an act of intellectual insanity.
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- الأنانة نظرية تؤمن بالأنا فقطArabic
- solipsisme, vanitéFrench
- यह सिद्धांत कि आत्मा ही सच्चे ज्ञान की वस्तु हैHindi
- 유아 주의자Korean
- fandavanjava-hita, sôlipsismaMalagasy
- solipsisme, zelfingenomenheidDutch
- солипси́зм, солипсизмRussian
- självupptagenhet, solipsismSwedish
- جو solipsismUrdu
- độc diển không để ý tới chung quanhVietnamese
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