- (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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Our monistic view, that the great cosmic law applies throughout the whole of nature, is of the highest moment.
It cannot regard Evolution as merely the unrolling in time of the eternally complete, as in the view of monistic idealism.Bergson and His Philosophy|J. Alexander Gunn
This belief—one of the foundations of monistic psychology—is confirmed by the study of psychiatry.
We all have some ear for this monistic music: it elevates and reassures.Pragmatism|William James
Modern psychiatry, the empirical science of mental disease, has thus become an important element of our monistic psychology.
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).