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Solipsism from la solus 'alone', and ipse 'self')[1][2][3] is the philosophical idea that only one's mind is sure to exist. As an epistemological position, solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside one's own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind.


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  2. Wood, Ledger (1962).
  3. Dictionary of Philosophy. Totowa, NJ: Littlefield, Adams, and Company. pp. 295.