- (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).
- moniliform hair,
Origin of monism
Examples from the Web for monist
There was a great deal about the monist and pluralist views of the universe.The Letters of William James, Vol. II|William James
To him as a monist, the soul (as an entity apart from the body) did not exist.The Tyranny of the Dark|Hamlin Garland
He was at the same time both Pantheist and Monist, yet sincere in his devotion to nature and the God of nature.The Rights of War and Peace|Hugo Grotius
Meanwhile, it would turn the Moslem into a Monist: a frightful intellectual fall.What's Wrong With The World|G.K. Chesterton
It must be a doctrine which allows imagination her right and durable career, and therefore not be monist.Apologia Diffidentis|W. Compton Leith
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).