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The position that only one's own existence can be demonstrated to exist (and that everything and everyone else cannot.)

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Does introspection provide strong evidence for weak forms of solipsism and idealism? Are not all philosophical distinctions mind-dependent objects?

Philosophy in One Lecture Daniel Bonevac: https://youtu.be/AycTgPJtBP0 In this video lecture Daniel draws two stick figures on the blackboard, representing two human bodies, and attached to each ...
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Is Levinas only interested in kind of universal Otherness?

Do I "encounter" the Other if I do not know what my "responsibilities" to them are? rather than formulating an ethical theory, Levinas developed his philosophy in opposition to ...
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How to interpret sleep in metaphysical solipsism?

Sleep is a curious necessity for most beings and impacts health when neglected. How does metaphysical solipsism interpret this regular activity? Motivation From a solipsistic viewpoint, sleep could be ...
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Does the argument by analogy in favor of the existence of other minds lead to solipsism?

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/other-minds/#ArguAnal I can't understand the article. Here it is said that the argument by analogy inevitably leads to solipsism. Then it is said that the argument ...
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Can there be a subject without an object?

As far as I know about solipsism is that the solipsist I guess would be me, and I am the only mind that exists and everything I perceive from my senses and the experience of the world is solely a ...
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Does quantum immortality mean solipsism?

If when we die another universe is created in which we live, then would the people of that universe be real?( by that i mean conscious beings like myself) or am I misunderstanding QI?
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What if my life gets repeated again and again?

What if only I am real? What if when I die my life starts all over again? Like an endless loop? And all of my memories get deleted? Please give me arguments against this!
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How can I debunk solipsism?

What if my consciousness is the only thing that is real? What if the entire world does not exist in a material way? What if only this moment exists? What if the past is an illusion? What if people etc....
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Simulation hypothesis and solipsism

Is Nick Bostrom's simulation hypothesis a solipsistic idea? This hypothesis says that only I have consciousness, and all other people are unconscious philosophical zombies? Which version of the ...
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Your argument is invalid if you didn't experience it!

Consider the following scenario: Person A never ate a cake. Person B has eaten cake before. Now A has the opinion that A dislikes cake (and brings up several arguments), but B argues "You've ...
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Solipsism, except everyone shares a single mind?

It's conceivable that I could suddenly switch places with someone else. I'm not talking about our brains switching places, but rather, from now on, my mind experiencing the other person's qualia. ...
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Using solipsism's incoherence with doubt as proof of the external world?

I have the following rough outline of utilizing solipsism as a proof by contradiction to the goal of asserting an epistemological proof of the external world. A solipsist (Wittgenstian) lives in a ...
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Does the Private Language Argument (PLA) succeed in showing that some form of public extra mental world exists?

Quoted from http://www.iep.utm.edu/solipsis/: One might even say, solipsism is necessarily foundationless, for to make an appeal to logical rules or empirical evidence the solipsist would ...
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Metaphysical (Hard) Solipsism vs Epistemological (Soft) Solipsism

I’ve seen these terms tossed around as if they are actually different things but it does not appear to me that they are different philosophical positions/beliefs. Perhaps I am wrong, but here is my ...
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is subjective idealism or solipsism debunked because of the existence of "Brain" and "Surprise"? related to mind- body problem

reading this might help you understand my point Idealism, Narrative and the Mind-Brain Relation https://www.jstor.org/stable/44807008 how does someone like Berkeley explain the fact that there is ...
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Is epistemological solipsism coherent despite philosophical arguments to the contrary?

These are similar questions: Refuting Solipsism Is Epistemological solipsism a contradiction? The IEP article Solipsism and The Problem of Other Minds: https://iep.utm.edu/solipsis/ 7 The Incoherence ...
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How common is solipsism among philosophers, scientists and common people?

How common is solipsism? On the opinion of philosophers what percentage of the population believes in solipsism? 1. How many percent of philosophers believe in solipsism? 2. How many percent of ...
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Did Hegel have a response to solipsism?

Did Hegel have a response to solipsism? I have read little Hegel, but I like the idea that he did have a response to solipsism.
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Solipsism, Certainty, and Doubt

Given that solipsism implies epistemological certainty of one's world, because there is nothing more to know than that what a solipsist knows about the world (implying that the world and reality are ...
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Can a solipsist doubt?

I've been thinking about epistemological solipsism, which seemingly necessarily follows from metaphysical solipsism. Namely, that the "world" of the solipsist is one and the same with the self of the ...
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