Neutral monism03 Oct 1994 12:02
The idea that neither mind nor matter is "ontologically basic," but that both are composed, or constructed, or however-you-will, out of some more basic components, usually called "experiences" or (less leadingly) "events".
History. It seems to date back to William James.
See also: Philosophy of Mind
- To read:
- Erik C. Banks, The Realistic Empiricism of Mach, James, and Russell: Neutral Monism Reconceived [Positive but critical notice in Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews ("read it, and see if you can figure these things out better than I have")]