from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Philosophy The theory that the self is the only thing that can be known and verified.
- n. Philosophy The theory or view that the self is the only reality.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The theory that the self is all that exists or that can be proven to exist.
- n. Self-absorption, an unawareness of the views or needs of others.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Egotism.
- n. Egoism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The belief or proposition that the person entertaining it alone exists, and that other people exist only as ideas in his mind.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (philosophy) the philosophical theory that the self is all that you know to exist
But that kind of childish solipsism is part of what makes America so gosh-darn unique!
It's like insisting that solipsism is a valid philosophy.
No, solipsism is only a valid philosophy if you hold to some implicit individualism, some sort of philosophical anarchism.
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.
A beautiful counterpoint to his fantastic solipsism is the appalling verbosity of his manservant, Mash Qasem.
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.
Andrew's only crime is solipsism, which is an unfortunate characteristic of nearly all of the characters in Private Life, including the "heroine" Margaret Mayfield, who is really no heroine at all.
I once wrote a story about media-induced-solipsism, which is defined as the philosophical position that if the cameras stop pointing at you, you cease to exist.
Therefore the most rational way to live with regard to the idea of solipsism, against which no ironclad empirical argument can be made, is nominal agnosticism toward the existence of all things outside the mind but practical acceptance of their reality as well as of the ability of other conscious beings to experience qualia.
This position is called solipsism, and I say that the fact of self-consciousness forces us all to be solipsists at heart and from birth.