Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Philosophy The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.
  • noun The view that the self is the only reality.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The belief or proposition that the person entertaining it alone exists, and that other people exist only as ideas in his mind.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Ethics) Egotism.
  • noun (Metaph.) Egoism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun philosophy The theory that the self is all that exists or that can be proven to exist.
  • noun Self-absorption, an unawareness of the views or needs of others.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin sōlus, alone; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots + Latin ipse, self + –ism.]

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From Latin solus ("alone") + ipse ("self") + -ism.

Examples

  • It's like insisting that solipsism is a valid philosophy.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • No, solipsism is only a valid philosophy if you hold to some implicit individualism, some sort of philosophical anarchism.

    Bukiet on Brooklyn Books

  • But that kind of childish solipsism is part of what makes America so gosh-darn unique!

    Matthew Yglesias » Obama’s Car Invention Myth

  • I liked Cowl insofar I like 2 way time travel SF (my least favorite subgenre because it falls so easily in solipsism - boom, the hero moved through time and a new universe appeared/dissapeared), but N. Asher has so many better books, Cowl is the weakest by far.

    Pick JP's Bookshelf!

  • A beautiful counterpoint to his fantastic solipsism is the appalling verbosity of his manservant, Mash Qasem.

    The Persian Version

  • A beautiful counterpoint to his fantastic solipsism is the appalling verbosity of his manservant, Mash Qasem.

    The Persian Version

  • The definition of solipsism that you cite brings the red herring of a notion of “the self”; more in harmony with the traditional use of that word in the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy ’s definition.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The definition of solipsism that you cite brings the red herring of a notion of “the self”; more in harmony with the traditional use of that word in the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy ’s definition.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The definition of solipsism that you cite brings the red herring of a notion of “the self”; more in harmony with the traditional use of that word in the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy ’s definition.

    No Uncertain Terms

  • The definition of solipsism that you cite brings the red herring of a notion of “the self”; more in harmony with the traditional use of that word in the Oxford Dictionary of Philosophy ’s definition.

    No Uncertain Terms

Comments

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  • It's alright that you own it, as you are simply an aspect of me.

    December 2, 2006

  • "I" made up this word.

    January 23, 2007

  • How creative is this far-removed figment of my imagination! I wish I had such command of my conscious mind!

    January 25, 2007

  • Did you mean far-removed fig newton of your imagination?

    August 9, 2007

  • A cookie is just a cookie, but a Newton is the illusion of fruit and cake that my brain tells me is real!

    Nice joke, by the way. I have special appreciation for it, seeing as how it was really me who made it up, and I am always funny.

    August 9, 2007

  • I can't think about this right now. And anyway, it doesn't exist. Only I do.

    August 9, 2007

  • You can't think about it right now because I have a one-track mind, and my attention is elsewhere. Sorry.

    August 9, 2007

  • I'm not even going to ask.

    August 9, 2007

  • Of course you're not, because I don't want you to.

    August 9, 2007

  • Neither do I. And that's what counts.

    If we don't be careful, we'll disappear into myself, and then where will I be? Not that you care.

    August 9, 2007