Monism

Definition of Monism

Mon´ism   Pronunciation: mǒn´ĭz'm or mō´nĭz'm
n.1.(Metaph.) That doctrine which refers all phenomena to a single ultimate constituent or agent; - the opposite of dualism.
2.(Biol.) See Monogenesis, 1.
3.The doctrine that the universe is an organized unitary being or total self-inclusive structure.
Monism means that the whole of reality, i.e., everything that is, constitutes one inseparable and indivisible entirety. Monism accordingly is a unitary conception of the world. It always bears in mind that our words are abstracts representing parts or features of the One and All, and not separate existences. Not only are matter and mind, soul and body, abstracts, but also such scientific terms as atoms and molecules, and also religious terms such as God and world.
- Paul Carus.

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