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A very large group of people find themselves together on a small continent with abundant natural resources. Each individual in the group is fully convinced that nothing exists outside of his or her own consciousness, but nonetheless, they cannot escape their own sense perceptions.

What kind of social structure or government would they form, if it is possible for them to organize at all?

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    $\begingroup$ What's an ideologically perfect solipsistic government? $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 2 '18 at 22:58
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    $\begingroup$ Please clarify why this doesn't belong on philosophy.SE or politics.SE. $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 2 '18 at 23:15
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    $\begingroup$ What difference, if any, is there between not being able to escape their own sense perceptions and believing their sense perceptions to be real? $\endgroup$ – Upper_Case Aug 3 '18 at 0:15
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    $\begingroup$ If you don't know what solipsism is, I'm fairly certain it's not my responsibility to provide you with reference material in my question. It is 100% your responsibility. We are NOT your reserach service. $\endgroup$ – JBH Aug 3 '18 at 3:30
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    $\begingroup$ @JBH While this question is troublesome, I'm with boxcartenant in this point. Solipsism is an established philosophical theory, a quick google search clears up. Writing a question does not require you to explain any established technical term. $\endgroup$ – Otto Abnormalverbraucher Aug 3 '18 at 9:57
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The problem with solipsism in these kinds of questions of society is that solipsism makes a lot of descriptive claims (what things are) but very few normative claims (what should we do about it). So solipsists could pretty much form any kind of society.

If I were to take a stab at it, I would say that it would likely be very hedonistic, with very little organized power structure (why would I let you lead me if you don't even really exist?) with very slow technological advancement.

The other problem with solipsism and societies is that the birth rate would likely be very very low. Because if you think that the world ends after your death, what incentive do you have to pass on your genes or give back to the world?

I'm not sure if I answered your question exactly, but I hope it helps!

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the answer! Interesting and fun response. And especially I appreciate that you took a shot at it lol. My comments have been a little disappointing. $\endgroup$ – boxcartenant Aug 3 '18 at 1:03
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    $\begingroup$ I would even go further on the third paragraph and propose that not only birth rate would be low but also sex (mutually agreed one, that is). A solipsist, as I see it, would only be after his own sexual pleasure, because why do the work to give the sexual partner pleasure, if the person doesn't exist? And vice versa, if the other person cannot give you any pleasure, why even take the step? I'd suppose this would mainly affect women, but not only. $\endgroup$ – Otto Abnormalverbraucher Aug 3 '18 at 10:14

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