- (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).
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I have just been reading your letters again, and beautiful letters they are—also your pregnant little paper on Monism.
I can understand that of mystical monism shutting its eyes on the concretes of life, for the sake of its abstract rapture.
Even monism concedes that "it is better being good than bad, better being sane than mad."An Interpretation of Rudolf Eucken's Philosophy|W. Tudor Jones
As realism generally coincides with monism, so idealism is usually identical with dualism.
In my opinion, this antithesis of monism and dualism is the most important in the whole history of philosophy.
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Derived forms of monismmonist, noun, adjectivemonistic, adjectivemonistically, adverb
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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).