Solipsism

{soh' - luhp - sizm}

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Solipsism is the philosophical view that only the self exists or can be known to exist. In its most extreme form, solipsism holds that all perceived objects and events are merely the products of personal consciousness and that this consciousness alone is genuinely real. Most forms of solipsism, however, are derived from skepticism and argue that the only things of which genuine knowledge is possible are the mind and its contents; hence these alone may justifiably be said to exist. A variant of this form argues that only in the first person case is knowledge of the mind possible. The problem of the minds of others has received considerable discussion in contemporary Anglo American philosophy.

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Bibliography:
F O Buford, Essays on Other Minds (1970); B Stroud, The Significance of Philosophical Scepticism (1984); A J T D Wisdom, Other Minds (1953).


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