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Recent Examples of solipsism from the Web
The political sphere, as has become super apparent, is a bad place for solipsism.
What such critics see as a license for solipsism was in truth a call to recognize and respect the dignity of others.
Less concerned with questions of form and style than their autofiction forebears, these novels and stories suggest that fiction has finally begun to move from its place of deep solipsism to address a deepening sense of futility.
Anyway, what is solipsism in wartime but the selfishness of survival?
Commentators have dwelled on the traits of theatricality, brutality, solipsism, narcissism, cruelty, and cowardice these men seem to share.
An offhand comment about Brexit best illustrates the solipsism of Drozdiak’s identification with the EU and of his disgust with its enemies.
Even the most optimistic women give up in frustration in the face of Krystal’s overwhelming solipsism.
Advocates of this theory point to his short attention span, his incapacity for empathy, his narcissism, and solipsism as evidence.
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Did You Know?
Fans of René Descartes credit the French philosopher with introducing solipsism as a major problem of modern philosophy, but the word solipsism most likely sprang from a French satire written by Giulio Clemente Scotti in 1652 called La Monarchie des Solipses. The term wasn't used in English until the late 19th century, when solipsism, a composite of the Latin solus ("alone") and ipse ("self"), was applied purely in the philosophical sense. Recently the word has taken on another, more general sense, suggesting an ego-driven selfishness or self-indulgence.
SOLIPSISM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of solipsism for English Language Learners
: a theory in philosophy that your own existence is the only thing that is real or that can be known
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