from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Philosophy The view in metaphysics that reality is a unified whole and that all existing things can be ascribed to or described by a single concept or system.
- n. Philosophy The doctrine that mind and matter are formed from, or reducible to, the same ultimate substance or principle of being.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The doctrine of the oneness and unity of reality, despite the appearance of diversity in the world.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That doctrine which refers all phenomena to a single ultimate constituent or agent; -- the opposite of
- n. See Monogenesis, 1.
- n. The doctrine that the universe is an organized unitary being or total self-inclusive structure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any system of thought which seeks to deduce all the varied phenomena of both the physical and spiritual worlds from a single principle; specifically, the metaphysical doctrine that there is but one substance, either mind (idealism) or matter (materialism), or a substance that is neither mind nor matter, but is the substantial ground of both: opposed to dualism.
- n. Any theory or system which attempts to explain many heterogeneous phenomena by a single principle.
- n. In biology, same as monogenesis .
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- n. the doctrine that reality consists of a single basic substance or element
So neutral monism is the way I can say essentially nothing about what I think is going on, but at least not multiply my ignorant hypotheses
Berlin set out his basic account of what he would later label monism in his biography of Marx
In a minor sense the word monism is sometimes used in psychology to designate the doctrine that there is no real distinction between the soul and its faculties.
He’s arguing here, and elsewhere, that they got their monism from the natural sciences.
Dualism contrasts with monism, which is the theory that there is only one fundamental kind, category of thing or principle; and, rather less commonly, with pluralism, which is the view that there are many kinds or categories.
To my knowledge there are two main (related) arguments against existence monism, which is that the existence of a plurality of concrete objects is (i) intuitively obvious, and (ii) perceptually apparent.
He extrapolated a new religion or philosophy called monism from evolutionary science.
It does not correctly represent itself: for the so-called monism does not, indeed, suppose that that which
Modern science, on the contrary, starts from the magnificent synthetic conception of monism, that is to say, of
The "monism" of zen, while alluded to by Suzuki, is in actuality a poor choice of words.