Thursday, September 14, 2006

Solipsism

I have be constantly enthralled with the concept of solipsism. Solipsism is the knowledge that only the self exists. In concept of only the self existing is not new either. Philosophers such as Plato focused heavily only on the assurance that the self exists. This was shown through Plato's cave theory, which was what we read without the "others". So my question is, is there a concrete justification for the knowledge that we seemingly posses that we exist with others? Are we, as I, alone and just watching and waiting?

5 comments:

Big E said...

Well, my understanding of Solipsism is that one can only prove that oneself exists. They don't necesarily belief that nothign else exist, the just refuse to assume so. They say that the entire world could just be a construction of their mind. I also know that one of the primary arguments against it is that they think and articulate these statments thorugh a language that was taught to them by others, as well as the fact that the actually philosophy is learned from others.
-Evan

Jon Mohr said...

No, but if you read the language it the question was posted in, it states knowledge that only the self exists. Not, that doesn't mean that they don't believe anyone else exists. It only means that their knowledge is solely extended to their own personal existance.

Vvyynn said...

I think this is a very relevant theory. I have absolutely no proof that all of you exist, and I wouldn't put it past myself to create a world to keep my mind off of the truth. Who knows? I could actually be a mentally divergent dimond miner who has just killed seven hundred people in a bus? Also, Evan, to answer your concern further: Language was taught to us by ourselves, by our own subconcious mind (according to my understanding of the theory), because everyone else is simply a subconcious manifestation. Thus, we are currently speaking, reading, writing in a language that we created by ourselves, and that only we know (and by "we", I mean I, you crazy manifestation you. Now why don't you go to gumdrop island and fight those pirates?). Well, that's all I have to say about solipsism to myself. I hope I've enjoyed reading this, because otherwise theres no point to me writing to the audience comprised of myself. *Sigh* Am I ever going to ask myself to homecomming?

Merry_Dip_Salad_Bunny said...

I have a few friends who believe in the concept of solipism. If I am thinking the same as you, this would mean that everyone around us does not exist, and we do not exist to them really, but we are figures of each others' imaginations, and your existence is a parallel existence to everyone else, but they may not see you the same as you see them, and when somebody dies you and all these people who were created by your mind are mourning over the person who died, but in reality they keep on living, and in thier existence they are still living. It is just in your existence that this being has been erased from. However, there is no way to properly justify this. Just a really cool theory.
Mer

Jared,givemeagooddisplaynamenow,wolschlager said...

I subscribe to the alternate theory, I can only be sure that everyone else exits and cannot assume I do.I can see all of you, but not all of me. It is equaliformitarianism.