Solipsism, What Is Solipsism, What Does It Mean?July 2, 2021
Solipsism or Solipsism can be defined as “extreme idealism that recognizes only the existence of the individual ‘I'”. In this context, idealism, which reduces existence to thought, necessarily leads to solipsism. If everything is in our thoughts and there is no objective reality outside our thinking, there is no other way out than to say that “the real thing is only our existence”. According to this necessary consequence of idealism, other people exist only in my thought. This means solipsism.
Solipsism is a philosophical view that expresses the existence as the designs of the self, known as the “I philosophy” in short. According to this, the subjective self with its contents of consciousness is the only reality accepted as being. Methodologically, if it takes the self as its starting point, it appears as methodical solipsism. In this respect, Descartes philosophy is a methodological solipsism. In the ethical sense, the way of thinking that makes Stirner’s own self the center of life and reality (moral selfishness) is taken as an example.
“The only truth in the universe is just ‘me’.” This necessary result has made all idealists think, and every idealist is devoted to thinking about this necessary result. Any form of idealism, overt or covert, which denies matter and reduces existence to thought, cannot avoid the solipsist conclusion as long as it wishes to remain consistent.
MAIN ISSUES OF SOLIPSISM
“There is only me, everything but me is only my design.” said; view of philosophy (theoretical selfishness) that accepts the subjective self as the only real, the only existence with its conscious contents.
Solipsism is the view (method) that takes the ego as the starting point in terms of method in philosophy. Descartes, Driesch).
The view that only recognizes its own assertion to live in terms of morality and makes the self the center of life and reality (moral selfishness. Stirner).
al. Solipsismus, Fr. solipsisme, Eng. solipsism, lat. solus = alone, single; ipse = me, es. t. neck
Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer Yıldırım