Sep 28, 2015

Monday Morning Quote (Nagel)

"Solipsism, incidentally, results if one misinterprets sympathetic imagination as if it worked like perceptual imagination: it then seems impossible to imagine any experience that is not one's own"

Thomas Nagel

He's talking about how we are unable to experience another person's experience, but we still have the ability to sort-of relate to another person's experience through comparison, putting ourselves in their point of view.

So we become solipsists if we are unable to be sympathetic to another person's point-of-view. The philosophical solipsism purports that we are the only consciousness - so is Nagel just dismissing that as completely mistaken? Or is he just avoiding that idea?

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