I know I’ve asked a lot of these but this one I’m hoping to be definitive.
I have heard pretty much everyone say that it’s unprovable, that you can’t know for sure if it’s true or not because of the nature of the question. And that did bug me for a bit but I can accept that, some stuff in life is just like that.
But then I came across a post on Quora that at the time I strongly felt proved solipsism to be true. Though I don’t remember the post or question or what the answer said I just have a strong feeling that it proved it.
But I began thinking, since I can’t remember the content at all, how could anyone do that? I mean isn’t solipsism at best just uncertainty about the external world and other minds and at worst denial of anything but you. You can’t design an experiment to prove it because that would be trusting something other than your existence. When you doubt everything but yourself you can’t really prove your point to anyone else, right?
And I know people will laugh but I googled it and nothing came up about it being proven. Not a one. Just stuff saying you either can’t, or how it is consistent as a framework, but nothing proving it true. Which seems to lend credence to it being unprovable. I mean if in all the thousands of years of philosophy no one has done it then that kinda answer that question right? From everything I’m able to gather there isn’t a way to know if it’s true or not, it’s impossible.
Im just asking if this is truly the case. Yes I’m also aware of the irony of someone posting on the internet to someone’s question about if solipsism is true or not.
I was also under the impression that as a metaphysical position you can’t really test it or prove it, or is that wrong too about metaphysical positions.