One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A theory or doctrine that denies the existence of a distinction or duality in some sphere, such as that between matter and mind, or God and the world.
- ‘His philosophy of monism claimed that the many things which appear to exist are merely a single eternal reality which he called Being.’
- ‘He combined ancient classical humanism with Oriental metaphysics to ratify his own down-to-earth brand of philosophical monism.’
- ‘Paganism on the other hand has adopted a worldview based on monism, where duality is more often perceived as aspects of an encompassing whole.’
- ‘The coherence theory builds in a metaphysical bias towards monism: the idea that everything we know should somehow form one massive ‘complete theory of everything’.’
- ‘Breton embraced a similar kind of monism, arguing famously against distinctions between the real and imaginary, past and future, life and death.’
- 1.1 The doctrine that only one supreme being exists.Compare with pluralism
- ‘If this step from monotheism to monism goes too far, in what ways can Judaism respond to a postmodern desire for Oneness?’
- ‘Theism might always be about meaning, but what religion would look like if monism were asserted against theism is an open question.’
Mid 19th century: from modern Latin monismus, from Greek monos ‘single’.
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