- (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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A true Monist would rather be in Hell asking for water than in Heaven denying it.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12|Elbert Hubbard
The doubts of the agnostic were only the dogmas of the monist.Orthodoxy|G. K. Chesterton
The extramundane God of dualism leads necessarily to theism; and the intra-mundane God of the monist leads to pantheism.
Hence Descartes was a dualist in human psychology, and a monist in the psychology of the brute.
But it is curious to observe how rapidly the Monist locals are assuming the forms of the non-conformist congregations.Major Prophets of To-Day|Edwin E. Slosson
British Dictionary definitions for monism
Derived forms of monismmonist, noun, adjectivemonistic, adjectivemonistically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for monism
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).