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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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On the classical account, we have reflective access to our thoughts independently of initiation into the socio-linguistic sphere, whose role is reduced to fixing the conventional sounds and marks to be attached to our solipsistically constituted thoughts.
He waxes solipsistically about the rigors of the filmmaking process and a variety of paranoid fantasies (among them: the belief that the cast of his movie is conspiring against him).
Less solipsistically (and setting aside the question of whether "solipsism" marks me as an ungrateful third wave daughter, or a blinded second wave liberal), I have been working on Simone de Beauvoir and the 1950s, which presumably would be waves 1.8 and 1.9 respectively.
She is a figure of speech, an ornamental apostrophe to an external being that ironically exposes the absence of any such genuine externality in a solipsistically self-reflexive age.
Either we chose to accept the notion of a real world external to us; or we deny it solipsistically; or we hold that we will live with the undecideability (constructivistly).
It is under these conditions that economic theory describes a rational maximization process that inevitably leads "self-centered islands" to necessarily reach social optimum while solipsistically pursuing "happiness." (Economic efficiency is thus defined as the congruence of social optimum and individualistic rationality, given the underlying definitions of man; this logical result is crucial since efficiency is the hallmark of economics, which aims at minimizing scarcity.)
In pointed and wonderful contrast to the non-representative, solipsistically abstract, the bourgeois-touted practitioners of Bank and Insurance Company art.
Each of Barnes's three major characters has, solipsistically, a fundamentally different mythology of what "love" really is and what goal the lover should try to attain: "true" love, "first" love, or "as much love as possible." Theirs is a Chekhovian comedy, darker now than in the previous novel, but new readers would be well advised to read the earlier novel first.
Americans tend to write history solipsistically, as if all things good and evil are made in the U.S.A.
Rather than attend to her complex needs, he solipsistically meditates on the 'terror of the self, of letting the self go so far free that one night it might break away, detach entirely and become another, leaving behind it only a talking shell, an empty costume standing there aghast, topped by an eyeless mask'.
But I really discovered what I should be doing with Albert Angelo (1964) where I broke through the English disease of the objective correlative to speak truth directly if solipsistically in the novel form, and heard my own small voice.
For instance, the philosopher Emmanuel Levinas describes an ethics of alterity in which being or selfhood is "the responsibility for the Other, being-for-the-other."(275) For Levinas, what it means to be human and responsible is to act in response to the other: "being human is a concrete and physical sensitivity to the claims revealed by the Other."(276) The encounter with the other is the heart of being; it is an ethical bond because "only by discovering the irreducibility of the alterity of the Other can I understand that I am neither solipsistically alone in the world nor part of a totality to which all others also belong."(277)