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P H I L O S O P H Y   P A T H W A Y S                   ISSN 2043-0728
https://philosophypathways.com/newsletter/

Issue No. 218
12th December 2017

CONTENTS

Edited by D. R. Khashaba

I. 'Solipsism' by F.H. Bradley

II. Wittgenstein on Solipsism

III. 'Solipsism a Pseudo-Problem' by D. R. Khashaba

From the List Manager

IV. 'Call for submissions: Blogs by members of Pathways and the ISFP'
by Geoffrey Klempner

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EDITOR'S NOTE

For this issue of Philosophy Pathways I thought of displaying various
approaches to the problem or, in my view, pseudo-problem of solipsism.
(I) In the first part I reproduce F. H. Bradley's classic exposition
in Ch. XXI of Appearance and Reality. (II) In the second part I
collect relevant passages from Wittgenstein's Tractatus
Logico-Philophilosophicus. (III) In the third part I comment briefly
on Bradley's text and more amply on Wittgenstein's. I had half a
heart to append extracts from a paper, "Subjectivism and Solipsism",
which first appeared in Philosophy Pathways Issue No. 37, 28 July
2002, but I found the issue is already long enough as it stands.

(c) D. R. Khashaba 2017

About the editor:
https://philosophypathways.com/newsletter/editor.html#khashaba

Site: https://philosophia937.wordpress.com

Blog: http://khashaba.blogspot.com

Email: dkhashaba@yahoo.com

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I. 'SOLIPSISM' BY F.H. BRADLEY

Have we any reason to believe in the existence of anything beyond our
private selves? Have we the smallest right to such a belief, and is it
more than literally a self-delusion? We, I think, may fairly say that
some metaphysicians have shown unwillingness to look this problem in
the face. And yet it cannot be avoided. Since we all believe in a
world beyond us, and are not prepared to give this up, it would be a
scandal if that were something which upon our theory was illusive
[...]

Read more...

https://philosophypathways.com/articles/F.H.Bradley_Solipsism_
(Appearance_and_Reality).pdf

Public domain

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II. WITTGENSTEIN ON SOLIPSISM

Wittgenstein has not written a separate work or paper on the subject
of solipsism, but in the Tractatus there are numerous relevant
statements and remarks. Here I collect the most salient of these (in
Ogden's translation) without comment [...]

Read more...

https://philosophypathways.com/articles/L.Wittgenstein_Solipsism_
(Tractatus_Logico-Philosophicus).pdf

Public domain

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III. 'SOLIPSISM A SELF-DELUSION' BY D. R. KHASHABA

First we have to be clear as to what we mean by solipsism. I
distinguish three different senses of the term. (1) Only in a mental
asylum can we meet with a person who believes that she or he is the
only real thing in existence and that all the 'persons' and all the
happenings she or he encounters in their waking hours are figments of
their imagination and have no more substantiality than the similar
images they see in their dreams [...]

Read more...

https://philosophypathways.com/articles/D.R.Khashaba_Solipsism_a_
Pseudo-Problem.pdf

(c) D. R. Khashaba 2017

About the editor:
https://philosophypathways.com/newsletter/editor.html#khashaba

Site: https://philosophia937.wordpress.com

Blog: http://khashaba.blogspot.com

Email: dkhashaba@yahoo.com

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IV. 'CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: BLOGS BY MEMBERS OF PATHWAYS AND THE ISFP'
BY GEOFFREY KLEMPNER

In the next issue 219 of Philosophy Pathways, due to go out in
January, we will be including a short feature about blogs by members
of Pathways and the International Society of Philosophers.

To date, all the blogs I have been told about -- or in one or two
cases found by lucky accident -- are listed on my Tentative Answers
page at https://tentativeanswers.blogspot.com under 'Friendly Plugs'.

Currently, there are a mixture of links here, but if enough bloggers
come forward I will make a separate list.

If you don't see your blog here, please let me know and I will add
your blog to the list. It would also be good to have your comments on
what your blog is about, what you are hoping to achieve, etc. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

(c) Geoffrey Klempner 2017

Email: klempner@fastmail.net


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