Neutral monism

03 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.

Exposition. Russell wrote a witty ten-minute primer called "What Is the Soul?" which I've put on-line.

Current status.

See also: Philosophy of Mind