Solipsism

To remember:

  • Solipsism = philosophical position that only the subject exists and all impressions of others and the outside world are illusory => reject solipsism <= being an impractical + bad way of living
  • If one believes that God is good + would not deceive a person with a chimerical world peopled by phantom others, => reject solipsism.
  • Maya = Hindu, Buddhist and Jain belief that the changing, material world isn’t real or is relatively real

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Solipsism is the philosophical position that only the subject exists and all impressions of others and the outside world are illusory.

Many dismiss solipsism as an extreme or strange view, but others say it is logically impossible to prove or disprove.

If one believes, however, that God is good and, as such, would not deceive a person with a chimerical world peopled by phantom others, one would likely reject solipsism.

Again, some maintain that solipsism cannot be proved or disproved, but there is another way to look at the problem. And this way doesn’t need the idea of God to reject solipsism. Instead, we reject solipsism on the grounds of it being an impractical and bad way of living.

Basically, we can ask: What if solipsism is false? We cannot really know for sure one way or the other. In the face of this uncertainty, doesn’t it make…

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