- (in metaphysics) any of various theories holding that there is only one basic substance or principle as the ground of reality, or that reality consists of a single element.Compare dualism(def 2), pluralism(def 1a).
- (in epistemology) a theory that the object and datum of cognition are identical.Compare pluralism(def 1b).
Origin of monism
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But the pleading which Monism is here able to supply can never be silenced.
Just as necessarily does it belong to the essence of Monism to affirm the agency of Will.
And here it is that I think the theory of Monism comes to the rescue.
Upon the whole, then, I conclude that this is the teaching of Monism.
But, on the other hand, the theory of Monism is bound to go further than this.
Word Origin for monism
"the philosophical doctrine that there is only one principle," 1862, from Modern Latin monismus, from Greek monos "alone" (see mono-). First used in German by German philosopher Baron Christian von Wolff (1679-1754).
A position in metaphysics that sees only one kind of principle whereas dualism sees two. On the question of whether people's minds are distinct from their bodies, for example, a monist would hold either that mental conditions are essentially physical conditions (materialism), or that bodies depend on minds for their existence (idealism).