What are the historically most cited and used arguments that philosophers have made for believing that other people have individual minds and feelings contrary to the assertions of solipsists?

  • The fact that they behave like you and you believe to have an individual mind. Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:16
  • that is, would it be reasonable to believe that other people also have individual minds and feelings?
    – John
    Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:21
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    I like John Searle's tongue in cheek argument: "Your solipsism is immediately refuted by my solipsism".
    – Weezy
    Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:29
  • If you are not a "hard-solipsist"... YES. Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:33
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    Minds today are generally taken to be equivalent to consciousness, and empirical methods make consciousness for all humans a near certainty. From an analytical and historical perspective, evolution and neurological sciences form the basis for changing the question from does everyone have a mind and why, to why is consciousness like it is? This culminates in the IEP: hard problem of consciousness.
    – J D
    Commented Sep 24, 2021 at 15:54

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Unless it somehow transpires that thoughts have a physical form, i.e. that they are particles, I think we currently have to rely on a type of naïve realism, which is actually valid considering most of our interactions in day to day life have a cultural basis.

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