Jackwhitlocke_005 wrote:1. We experience all things through the mind
2.Other people are experienced only through the mind
3.Other being cannot be known to exist outside the mind
Any criticism/ counter arguments are welcome. Just please don't respond with "If you are a solipsist then you don't believe I exist, so why are you asking this?" I am not a solipsist. This is simply a discussion of an argument for solipsism.
Solipsism is an incoherent theory.Solipsism is the philosophical idea that only one's own mind is sure to exist.
"1. We experience all things through the mind "
The above presupposed 'philosophical realism'.
Philosophical realism asserts that reality is absolutely independent of mind.
Since reality (all things) are independent of mind, the only means of knowing the 'real' thing is through the mind.
This knowing is based on the correspondence theory of truth.
But philosophical realism is not tenable.
Rather reality is always inter-dependent with many minds. (many = collective minds, not just the individual mind). Note Kant's theory.
The collective* mind implied one knows other minds exist, not just one's own mind.
Therefore solipsism is incoherent.
*For example, when one is aware of teamwork and team results, each team-members are aware there are other team members.
In anycase, here is another view why solipsism is incoherent.