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Analytical Solipsism


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. The Foundations of Solipsism

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. William Todd
      Pages 3-23
    3. William Todd
      Pages 24-45
    4. William Todd
      Pages 46-66
    5. William Todd
      Pages 67-82
    6. William Todd
      Pages 83-100
    7. William Todd
      Pages 101-108
    8. William Todd
      Pages 109-123
  3. Causality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. William Todd
      Pages 127-149
  4. Solipsism Proper

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. William Todd
      Pages 153-191
    3. William Todd
      Pages 192-215
    4. William Todd
      Pages 216-252
    5. William Todd
      Pages 279-299
    6. William Todd
      Pages 310-316
    7. William Todd
      Pages 317-318

About this book


Philosophers usually have been anxious to avoid solipsism. A large number of good and great philosophers have tried to refute it. Of course, these philosophers have not always had the same target in mind and, like everything else, solipsism over the centuries has become increasingly elusive and subtle. In this book I undertake to state the position in its most modern and what I take to be its most plausible form. At some points in the history of philosophy the solipsist has been one who denied the existence of everything except himself or even the existence of everything except his own present sensations. At other times, the solipsist instead of doubting these things has merely insisted that there could be no good reason for believing in the existence of anything beyond one's own present sensations. Roughly, this doubt is aimed at reasons rather than at things. A solipsist of this sort appears in Santayana's Scepticism and Animal Faith.


causality foundation history history of literature history of philosophy mind phenomenalism philosophy present reason scepticism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of CincinnatiUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Analytical Solipsism
  • Authors William Lewis Todd
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media B.V. 1968
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-011-8183-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-8829-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 332
  • Number of Illustrations 1 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Epistemology
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