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Subjective Idealism?

Author : Siddhartha

Submitted : 2018-02-23 00:07:39    Popularity:     

Tags: Subjective  Idealism  

Why do some people believe in subjective idealism?

Answers:

Makes sense on a human level.

I think the line of thought is that epistemologically speaking we all start from our own conscious experience, and all we can ever perceive is qualia, or perception itself. We can never perceive anything outside of our own mind, and so we can not actually make sense of what an "object" is. Hume thought an object was a bundle of properties, but there was no actual "substance" that the properties inhere to. We only perceive objects by their effects, and so how can we say there is an actual object, and not just a bundle of effects?

Since an object itself, by definition is not a perception, then we are incapable of ever grasping what an object truly is, or anything outside of our own mind for that matter. We only believe there is an outside world based on inductive reasoning and probabilistic arguments, but not by direct perception of it.

Personally, unlike a true subjective idealist, I believe there is an outside world, but that we are incapable of comprehending it, because we are trapped in a mind, limited by a brain. There are very good reasons to think my own mind is not all that exists, because if there is nothing outside of my mind to determine its contents, then its contents would be random and disorderly, like the static of a TV (if there are any contents at all). The fact that it looks like there is an outside world, is extremely good evidence that there is one, even if we don't know what this outside world is, fundamentally speaking.

Not all subjective idealists are hard solipsists. Some believe other minds exist. But as it is impossible to perceive any mind but your own, and you are only inferring the existence of other minds based on your perception of a supposed reality external to the mind, then any argument for non-solipsistic subjective idealism seems to be self-refuting.

Subjective idealism, or empirical idealism, is the monistic metaphysical doctrine that only minds and mental contents exist. It entails and is generally identified or associated with immaterialism, the doctrine that material things do not exist. Subjective idealism rejects dualism, neutral monism, and materialism; indeed, it is the contrary of eliminative materialism, the doctrine that only material things, and no mental things, exist. ......more..........

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Subjective...

https://www.britannica.com/topic/subject...

You ideals may not be the same as mine.
Should I not respect them anyway?

For all we know we could be a brain in a vat. What are "things" if you can't see or touch them?

As an existentialist cynical idealist I figure they are two thirds there. Why do you assume a universe that changes under observation (Uncertainty Principle) might not be a product of that observation?

It makes them happy I guess.



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