solipsism


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sol·ip·sism

(sōl'ip-sizm),
A philosophic concept that whatever exists is a product of will and the ideas of the person making the perception.
[L. solus, alone, + ipse, self]

solipsism

(sōl′ĭp-sĭzm) [L. solus, alone, + ipse, self]
The theory that the self may know only its feelings and changes and there is then only subjective reality.

sol·ip·sism

(sol'ip-sizm)
A philosophic concept that whatever exists is a product of will and the ideas of the person making the perception.
[L. solus, alone, + ipse, self]
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While the two instances just cited concern fantasy, romantic solipsism is not restricted to the domain of imagination.
This stuff at the heart of the matter is essentially, intellectually primitive and cumbersome, no matter how much power, psychologism, techno-scientism, and modernity it displays: a set of mere opinions made strong by way of any kind of political favoritism does not solve the age-long problem of syllogistic solipsism and solipsistic syllogism in science and philosophy.
Yet I believe these critics have misread the function and value of solipsism in O'Brien's fiction.
9) The relevance of ethical solipsism from the standpoint of Christianity may be considerable, as the Christian believer should, whenever deliberating ethically, be primarily worried about the state or quality of her/his own soul, about her/his own guilt that is, to echo Dostoevsky, greater than anyone else's (though of course always presupposing a relation to God and other human beings, hence without any ontologically solipsistic assumptions).
Solipsism is a philosophical dilemma that is encountered when the idea of separate minds is endorsed (Gergen, 1989; Hansen, 2004; Ryan, 1999).
Perhaps the most difficult challenge in terms of integrating the various parts of the Tractatus involves Wittgenstein's remarks on solipsism in the 5.
From guffaws, abuse, and varieties of invective it is but a short step to Goethe's Faust, re-examined by Martin Swales in the light of Elias's views on the tensions between communality and solipsism as represented by Gretchen and her lover, before reaching the (non-Eliasian) conclusion that' modernity [.
I've never understood the charge of solipsism registered against the lyric.
Harold Bloom states, rather disdainfully, that the "fear of solipsism is greater in him than the fear of not individuating his own imagination" and that this fear is the source of Coleridge's eventual poetic failure.
Pragmatism is first and foremost not philosophical opportunism or unflinching solipsism, but a religious or spiritual proposition that human beings are suited for belief, that believing leads to a better life, and that if you can't believe in God or Allah in an orthodox fashion, you can still believe in believing.
Toward its end, however, Olsen paints a picture of a late "Yi" ("Choson" is now more commonly preferred) dynasty mired in solipsism and ineptitude and "ill-prepared to cope with the new challenges of the imperial age" (29).
Actually, the logic of its premises terminates in complete solipsism, for no two persons of any given time and place fully share identical experiences, attitudes, feelings, and education, such as would bind them together in a mutual but exclusive understanding of each other and the world.