Definition of solipsism in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The view or theory that the self is all that can be known to exist.

    • ‘As Heidegger puts it, anxiety testifies to a kind of ‘existential solipsism.’’
    • ‘Wittgenstein's two arguments about solipsism both dispense with it.’
    • ‘This conclusion, however, is valid only if Searle is right in claiming that collective intentionality conforms to methodological solipsism.’
    • ‘It seems that transcendental phenomenology inevitably involves solipsism.’
    • ‘To be precise it leads to solipsism - doubting everything but your own existence - but the means they propose to limit skepticism are astounding.’
    1. 1.1The quality of being self-centred or selfish.
      • ‘It demands a selfish solipsism that holds the needs of colleagues, friends, and even family temporarily at bay.’
      • ‘Perhaps because he is an engineer however, he misses the main philosophical objection to postmodernism - its solipsism.’
      • ‘To predict that blogs will someday become universal warrants amplification, as today's blogs are anything but universal, unless solipsism and narcissism constitute universality.’
      • ‘Moretti handles the material with considerable grace and skill, though the smugness and solipsism of his screen persona occasionally grates.’
      • ‘But such is the extent of their solipsism and narcissism that they not only reject the existence of God but go so far as to mock those who do not, simply because they don't feel Him themselves.’


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