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solipsism

Syllabification: sol·ip·sism
Pronunciation: /ˈsälipˌsizəm
 
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Definition of solipsism in English:

noun

The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.
Example sentences
  • It seems that transcendental phenomenology inevitably involves solipsism.
  • As Heidegger puts it, anxiety testifies to a kind of ‘existential solipsism.’
  • This conclusion, however, is valid only if Searle is right in claiming that collective intentionality conforms to methodological solipsism.

Origin

late 19th century: from Latin solus 'alone' + ipse 'self' + -ism.

Derivatives

solipsist

1
noun
Example sentences
  • Hey, I'm thinking of establishing a bulletin board for solipsists.
  • I'm impressed by the solitary intensity of the gamblers, and the way these solipsists at the slots form a community of obsession.
  • The manufacturers must be some kind of solipsists, or in any case unsure that the cream cheese really exists.

solipsistic

2
Pronunciation: /ˌsälipˈsistik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Some things they say may be ugly: We are excessive, solipsistic, wasteful, indulgent, egotistical.
  • Circumstances can encourage such a solipsistic approach.
  • Levi was well-known for his impatience with long-winded, solipsistic or obscurantist prose.

solipsistically

3
Pronunciation: /ˌsälipˈsistik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Fractious division, corruption and the misuse of power rob the people of national hope, a loss which leaves them to survive solipsistically in an all-too-familiar despair.
  • Up until this final scene, the father has experienced landscape solipsistically, but, in his attempt to ascend the final hill, the landscape takes on social dimension.
  • Artists are a not-negligible factor in the globalization of culture that is, solipsistically, such a big theme in contemporary art.

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