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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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The rhetoric regarding his Strength and his duty to God must be weighed against his solipsist fascination and projection of his strength, his past feats of glory and the adulation he covets.
One might well concede to the solipsist that death cannot be fully known because it is the end of consciousness, but we know, nonetheless, that death is an 'event in life', since it is communicated to us through collective human knowledge.
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In the last part of the story the doctor has a joke about solipsism ('How can you prove to a solipsist that he's not creating the rest of us?
Written in the first person, they present Dahmer as a murderous solipsist whose desire obliterates other selves and makes a world in which he alone exists: "only one self remained / fresh credibly maintained.
If you believe that biotechnology is essential for humans to keep ahead of population growth, of the constant adaptation of pests and diseases and of long-term starvation, then GM trials and experiments are a moral imperative and to damage such trials a solipsist and myopic act of Luddite proportions', he wrote.
Based on Esther Freud's semi-autobiographical novel about her own exotic childhood, the film casts a sympathetic eye on a particular kind of New Age solipsist.
As Curthoys's own title suggests, she is concerned to address what she sees as the fall of contemporary feminist theory, with its accompanying solipsist turn, into a postmodernist denial of history.
At the end, Bukharin concluded, Enchmen was a "shameful solipsist," and an exponent of individualism at odds with the aspirations of the proletariat.
The solipsist looks out at the discrete aspects of the
The cynic whose apparent liberation coincides with a social withdrawal is here a ridiculous solipsist.