solipsism

[sol-ip-siz-uhm]
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:
1880–85; sol(i)-1 + Latin ips(e) self + -ism

solipsismal, adjective
solipsist, noun, adjective
solipsistic [sol-ip-sis-tik] , adjective

solecism, solipsism.
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solipsism (ˈsɒlɪpˌsɪzəm)
 
n
philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
 
[C19: from Latin sōlus alone + ipse self]
 
'solipsist
 
n, —adj
 
solip'sistic
 
adj

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solipsism
1874, coined from L. solus "alone" + ipse "self." The view or theory that self is the only object of real knowledge or the only thing that is real.
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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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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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