subjective idealism

subjective idealism

noun Philosophy.
a doctrine that the world has no existence independent of sensations or ideas.


Origin:
1875–80

subjective idealist, noun
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subjective idealism
 
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philosophy the theory that all experience is of ideas in the mind

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subjective idealism

a philosophy based on the premise that nothing exists except minds and spirits and their perceptions or ideas. A person experiences material things, but their existence is not independent of the perceiving mind; material things are thus mere perceptions. The reality of the outside world is contingent on a knower. The 18th-century Anglo-Irish philosopher George Berkeley succinctly formulated his fundamental proposition thus: Esse est percipi ("To be is to be perceived"). In its more extreme forms, subjective idealism tends toward solipsism, which holds that I alone exist.

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