- Philosophy. the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist.
- extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one's feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.
Origin of solipsism
Examples from the Web for solipsism
But in the age of the iPod, where solipsism has been made sophisticated, they are more right than anyone ever imagined.This Week's Must-Read Journalism
The Daily Beast
April 1, 2011
Of course, when an entire throng is trying to rise above itself, an epidemic of free-form vulgarity and solipsism ensues.Punking the White House
November 27, 2009
The philosophic system becomes a solipsism, a pure lyric expression of the appetites of human nature.Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
This theory is also called Subjective Idealism or Solipsism.The New Gresham Encyclopedia
I realize now that I may have been falling into the trap of solipsism, “who watches the quad,” et cetera, type of thing.On Handling the Data
M. I. Mayfield
Thus idealists are wedded to solipsism irrevocably; and it is a happy marriage, only the name of the lady has to be changed.Winds Of Doctrine
- philosophy the extreme form of scepticism which denies the possibility of any knowledge other than of one's own existence
Word Origin and History for solipsism
1871, coined from Latin solus "alone" (see sole (adj.)) + ipse "self." The view or theory that self is the only object of real knowledge or the only thing that is real. "The identification of one's self with the Absolute is not generally intended, but the denial of there being really anybody else" [Century Dictionary].
The belief that all reality is just one's own imagining of reality, and that one's self is the only thing that exists.