The Summing Up, LXVII

Maugham’s philosophy survey continues with a little more success as he talks about the specific philosophers and gives his responses to their individual ideas. It all leads to solipsism, he decided at some point—and then gives a lengthy, solid definition of the term as his acknowledges his readers might not be aware of the various philosophical theories. The “funny” part is he’s brought up solipsism before without definition and he discusses other philosophical ideas without definition here. Unfortunately, he doesn’t continue after his definition and his rejection of solipsism—however, he does get into writing and the chapter’s probably better for it. The Summing Up is more unfinished thoughts than finished ones. The former, more often than not, are more interesting than the latter.

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