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solipsism

[sol-ip-siz-uh m] /ˈsɒl ɪpˌsɪz əm/
noun
1.
Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
2.
extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; sol(i)-1 + Latin ips(e) self + -ism
Related forms
solipsismal, adjective
solipsist, noun, adjective
solipsistic
[sol-ip-sis-tik] /ˌsɒl ɪpˈsɪs tɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Can be confused
solecism, solipsism.
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Examples for solipsism
  • Close friends of mine prefer to shutter themselves inside a warm, glowing solipsism.
  • The controversy is a kind of unholy combination of inside-the-Beltway myopia and journalistic solipsism.
  • Which, you must admit, is taking both narcissism and solipsism to new depths.
  • That's solipsism and seems make everything fit together.
  • Our own solipsism causes us to see animals as personifying certain human traits.
  • They are the ones over-reacting, with a mixture of chin-jutting solipsism and defeatism.
  • He tries to avoid total solipsism by writing honest reviews of his work.
British Dictionary definitions for solipsism

solipsism

/ˈsɒlɪpˌsɪzəm/
noun
1.
(philosophy) the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
Derived Forms
solipsist, noun, adjective
solipsistic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from Latin sōlus alone + ipse self
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Word Origin and History for solipsism
n.

1871, coined from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + ipse "self." The view or theory that self is the only object of real knowledge or the only thing that is real. "The identification of one's self with the Absolute is not generally intended, but the denial of there being really anybody else" [Century Dictionary].

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solipsism in Culture
solipsism [(sol-uhp-siz-uhm, soh-luhp-siz-uhm)]

The belief that all reality is just one's own imagining of reality, and that one's self is the only thing that exists.

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Encyclopedia Article for solipsism

in philosophy, formerly, moral egoism (as used in the writings of Immanuel Kant), but now, in an epistemological sense, the extreme form of subjective idealism that denies that the human mind has any valid ground for believing in the existence of anything but itself. The British idealist F.H. Bradley, in Appearance and Reality (1897), characterized the solipsistic view as follows: "I cannot transcend experience, and experience is my experience. From this it follows that nothing beyond myself exists; for what is experience is its (the self 's) states."

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