The dichotomies of dualism

18 11 2007

du·al·ism

–noun

1. the state of being dual or consisting of two parts; division into two.
2. Philosophy.

a. the view that there are just two mutually irreducible substance.
b. the view that substances are either material or mental.
3. Theology.

a. the doctrine that there are two independent divine beings or eternal principles, one good and the other evil.
b. the belief that a human being embodies two parts, as body and soul.

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If we reduce everything to the dualistic view, have we written out two-thirds of our world?

What’s the right answer here? Is there one? This discussion has begun on my principal forum, and there have been some very thoughtful replies to the original post. I feel we’re no nearer the answer. Perhaps it’s enough simply to ask the question.

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