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Meaning of MONISM

Pronunciation:  'mânizum

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the doctrine that reality consists of a single basic substance or element

MONISM is a 6 letter word that starts with M.


 See Also: doctrine, ism, philosophy, school of thought



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mon"ism\, n. [From Gr. ? single.]
    1. (Metaph.) That doctrine which refers all phenomena to a
       single ultimate constituent or agent; -- the opposite of
    Note: The doctrine has been held in three generic forms:
          matter and its phenomena have been explained as a
          modification of mind, involving an idealistic monism;
          or mind has been explained by and resolved into matter,
          giving a materialistic monism; or, thirdly, matter,
          mind, and their phenomena have been held to be
          manifestations or modifications of some one substance,
          like the substance of Spinoza, or a supposed unknown
          something of some evolutionists, which is capable of an
          objective and subjective aspect.
    2. (Biol.) See {Monogenesis}, 1.
  2. \Mon"ism\, n.
    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
          indicisible 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