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'''Solipsism''' is the philosophical position that the only justified belief is that one's own mind exists.  Anything external lacks [[absolute certainty]] and is thusly uncertain and untrustworthy.  One's inability to determine whether or not he is in The Matrix is an example of this position.
 
'''Solipsism''' is the philosophical position that the only justified belief is that one's own mind exists.  Anything external lacks [[absolute certainty]] and is thusly uncertain and untrustworthy.  One's inability to determine whether or not he is in The Matrix is an example of this position.
  
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==See Also==
 
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*[[Reality]]
 
*[[Reality]]
 
*[[Absolute certainty]]
 
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Solipsism is the philosophical position that the only justified belief is that one's own mind exists. Anything external lacks absolute certainty and is thusly uncertain and untrustworthy. One's inability to determine whether or not he is in The Matrix is an example of this position.

Criticism

  • Absolute position is often rejected as meaningless. Lacking absolute certainty does not inhibit one from making consistently good decisions.
  • Whether or not one ascribes to the belief that he is in fact a brain in a jar does not affect his own feelings in the world he is experience, an illusion or not. It does not affect one's actions.

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v · d Philosophy
History of philosophy   Ancient Greek philosophy · Rationalism · Post Modernism · Utilitarianism · Existentialism · Objectivism · Metaphysics of quality · Secular humanism · Transhumanism
Famous philosophers   Ned Block · Daniel Dennett · René Descartes · Paul Draper · Epicurus · David Hume · Immanuel Kant · Karl Marx · Thomas Nagel · Friedrich Nietzsche · Bertrand Russell · John Searle · Baruch Spinoza · W.V.O. Quine
Existence   Reality · Mind-body dualism · Purpose of existence · Value of life · Solipsism
Morality and ethics   Ethics of Aristotle · Relative morality · Objective morality · Golden rule
Epistemology   Belief · Truth · Justification · A priori · A posteriori · Observation · Analysis · Synthesis · Absolute certainty · Information theory · Plato's Apology of Socrates
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