About solipsism I think it is useful to distinguish:

- the (ridiculous) *doctrine* of solipsism. It says that I exist and 
you don't.

- the quasi trivial fact that any pure first person view is 
solipsistic. This makes the doctrine of solipsism non refutable, and 
thus non scientific in Popper sense. But it gives a genuine sense to 
the adjective "solipsistic" (as opposed to the ridiculous doctrine). 
This is related to "methodological solipsism" (cf Peter's post). Of 
course "methodological solipsism" is not the same as the doctrine of 
Rumors say that Brouwer was really solipsistic. he would have said to 
its students that he did not understand how they could be interested in 
its solipsistic philosophy which makes only personal sense ...

Russell, when you say "nothing external exist", do you mean "nothing 
primitively material" exist, or do you mean there is no independent 
reality at all, not even an immaterial one?  (I ordered your book but I 
am still waiting :)



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