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Monoism vs Daosim (not Taoism)

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Started: 8/23/2012 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Very well, this is my first debate, so please excuse any inconsistencies or amateurishness. It is simply because I am a newcomer and don't have much of an idea.
Since I am not well versed with the various styles of debating, I have proposed my own set of rules.
So, here it goes:

1. Pro states rules, defines key terms. No case presentation. Con accepts/rejects the definitions, first case presentation.
2. Pro posts case and rebuttal. Con can continue post, and/or rebuttal.
3. Pro continues case/ offers rebuttal to Con. Con offers rebuttal.
4. Pro offers final rebuttal with conclusion. Con offers final rebuttal and conclusion.

Hopefully, that is alright! :)

1. Monoism: Monism is a point of view within metaphysics which argues that the variety of existing things in the universe are reducible to one substance or reality and therefore that the fundamental character of the universe is unity. (Wikipedia)
2. Daoism: Here, I simply offer what I can. Daoism refers to duality, of two such materials that are to exist in harmony with each other, and yet can never eliminate or replace the other. Mutually exclusive, if you prefer that. Consider it Yin and Yang, or matter and antimatter (not the physical implication).

I am for Monoism, and Con will have to support Daoism (or, dualism). This is a purely philosophical debate, and while examples are appreciated, arguments are preferred. Hopefully, I'll learn debating now! :D


My friend, as rude as this will sound: your entire title is wrong. What you meant to write was monism versus dualism and I am a dualist indeed.

The definition of dualism is similar but slightly different to that of the Chinese philosophy of daoism, which refers to balance in your life but not in the universe.

Dualism: the view that there are just two mutually irreducible substances, typically refered to as mind and matter.

Daoism is totally different and monism has nothing to do with it. It says that the physical and mental wellbeing of a person are equally important and that the emotional well-being should be neglected for it will become a constant state f calmness if true daoism is achieved.

Let's stick to monism versus dualism (neither monoism nor daoism).

I accept and hope we can debate efficiently as to which one is true.
Debate Round No. 1


First of all, thanks for accepting! I thought I might be wrong, and I also stated dualism in brackets in the end. But anyway, I have already started learning! ;)
Now, lets get to the debate.
Here goes my first argument

Monism promotes harmony. By proposing the idea that all things are intrinsically the same, by being derived from the same one entity, it automatically nullifies most arguments for discord. A society, which believes in two forces such exist that are absolutely different, themselves obtain a reason for division. Maybe, in an ideal world, they would strive for balance, and even achieve it, but in reality, every chaotic individual is now granted an excuse by his very own religion to mislead and divide.
A persons religion, in the strictest sense of the word, are the codes, the laws that a person sets for themselves. It is a path, which guides us all towards a higher calling, or, for the two in question,a higher understanding. Monism here offers one, unified path with freedom to decide many variables, and yet, ensures that everyone stays on the same path. Since there IS no alternative, a person cannot bias, cannot separate. Dualism, on the other hand, lets an individual visualize the concept of two separate paths, and when two distinct identities exist, there will always be the question of which one is better, and hence, the defending factions will lead to a split, and hence friction. I do not know whether that was intended or not (I somehow don't think so), but every religion is free to interpretation, and a religion that is more resistant to a negative interpretation is weaker, in my opinion.

its... very short, I know. But I don't really know how to go on. Forgive me. I'd hoped you would present your case first. But, atleast this can help me know better! :)


Monism is the belief that the variety of existing things in the universe are reducible to one substance or reality, perhaps leading one to a view of unity among all things that exist. However, where harmony amongst society and a political interpretation of a metaphysics concept came, I have no idea.

I would like to rebut my opponent's case before I raise my own, as I believe it good manners to address another before introducing oneself.

First of all, my opponent chooses to refer to society naturally dividing if it were to take the view of dualism. This is absolute lie to the point of pure and utter dishonesty. To believe that we exist in two planes; mental and physical is not going to cause people to naturally divide in a society since they are in fact united amongst both mental and physical attributes of existence. In terms of a society's harmonious nature, there is no doubt in my mind, and hopefully none in yours, that a monistic society would be equally capable of being harmonious or unharmonious as a dualistic society and the harmony of a society should not at all be considered relevant to this debate. Instead, the practicality of the running of a society, based on how productive or efficient they would be in the world perhaps would be a better line of argument for this debate.

Secondly, neither monism or dualism is a religion as my opponent likes to discuss and talk about. It is si philosophical outlook totally unrelated to how one chooses to live or view God. In fact, I myself am an agnostic atheist believing in dualism so this is evidence that one can be both. I would also like to disregard religion form this debate as it is not the area of philosophy being discussed. We are discussing what existence truly is, not the way to live one's life and set one's morals as would be suggested in a debate where religion is raised.

On another note, the concept of monism offering people one clear path to take in life and dualism offering people two is absolute nonsense. People have unlimited paths to take in life whether or not they believe we exist in one plane or two, thus I would also like to remove this argument from debate due to both relevance and validity.

Finally for my rebuttals, I do not wish to repeat my second point regarding religion but want to aso highlight what exactly was said in the closing of my opponent's speech. It is mentioned that dualism offers soe sort of negative interpretation of it. I'm afraid to say that both monism and dualism offer only one interpretation of either philosophy and that there is not more than one way to interpret either philosophical outlook and that the negativity which my opponent seems to attach to dualism is not any more or less negative than the one attached to monism since neither discusses anything to do with positivity or negativity in how one leads their life.

Now, to being my constructive I wish to reiterate exactly what the view of dualism is. I already defined dualism as the view that there are just two mutually irreducible substances, typically refered to as mind and matter. However, upon further endeavour into the philosophic aspect of dualism I realise that an alternative interpretations could be the assumption that mental phenomena are, in some respects, non-physical, or that the mind and body are not one entity as such. Elaborating from this, it is clear that what dualism claims is that one's mental experience of life is perhaps linked but of an entirely different nature than his/her physical experience. Meaning that what one's body has to offer to the universe (or on a smaller scale, their society) is quite independent of the mind. I believe that this view is correct and the monistic view is very blinkered in its way of viewing reality and causes people to be blinkered in seeing potential in members of their society too.

Dualism is further explanatory of what makes the mind of a human, or of a thinking animal with the intelligence to think independent of surroundings, unique form other forms of life and other physical entities. All physical entities follow the basic laws of physics, for example gravity and energy transfer. All living entities involve a nutritive source of growth and metabolism. Specifically living entities with a brain have a perceptive soul of pain, pleasure and desire but only humans and perhaps some high IQ animals such as dolphins, orangutans, chimpanzees and others have a far more unique gift; the faculty of reason. There is something very unusual about the way a human saw wood, metal and cloth and thought of building tools and later to build a house with the tools, then to build machines with other tools, to build tools with those machines and to then build better houses after all. If existence is purely physical and thinking, or thought, is purely just the mind physically making effort and working why is it that there seems to be a will to understand? A will to invent, to teach, to build, to build better and why do humans have morality at all? These questions are easily answerable if one wishes to twist it and say it simply is the brain functioning accordingly to the environment and circumstances in which the body is put but there is something completely non physical about consciousness, linked to physicality indeed mentality is but different in nature, it is indeed too.

To claim that all that exists is purely physical might seem a reasonable attempt at truth but there is something blatantly different about the way one imagines, one dreams, one comes up with a thought such as the theory of relativity or game theory. What would even drive us to have this debate if not the purely mental need to find truth in all that is, to understand absolutely what is and what is not aside form any physical needs or requirements. A genius is not an athlete,, they do not train hard to do the same thing again and again. They try many different things for no apparent reason and suddenly spark that beautiful flame named success and with the crackle named "Eureka!" with the smoke named satisfaction and the radiation named intelligence. That is what mentality is all about, it is not physical it is something so completely different in nature from the physical side of life and of existence and should not, in my opinion and hopefully an intelligent person's opinion, be seen as merely a part of the physical plane of existence.
Debate Round No. 2


Reizo forfeited this round.


Forfeit accepted.
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Debate Round No. 3


Reizo forfeited this round.


True victory.
Debate Round No. 4
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Posted by RationalMadman 5 years ago
this one is worth the effort but others are boring so just copy paste like that
Posted by alex1094 5 years ago
This can't be the same RationalMadman that has plagiarised and poorly argued so many of his recent debates... Has the real RationalMadman given his pre-pubescent son use of his account?
Posted by RationalMadman 5 years ago
http://en(dot)wikipedia(dot)org/wiki/Dualism_(philosophy_of_mind) THIS WAS THE SECOND LINK <<<< THE WHOLE THING it didn't compute up right.
Posted by adontimasu 5 years ago
No, Daoism is just an alternative spelling of Taoism; though, dualism (yin-yang) is a feature of D/Taoism. :P
Posted by Reizo 5 years ago
and now I realize "I cannot see how one can make too much of a legitimate argument for dualism, or monism, at all"
is very true!
Posted by Reizo 5 years ago
I am sorry, everyone! I had no idea about the dualism/daoism thing! Thanks for being so understanding! :)
and no, daoism and taoism are related, but I don't think they are the same.
Posted by adontimasu 5 years ago
Monism v. Dualism sounds like an interesting discussion. Personally, I hold dualism, so I am anxious to see how Reizo argues for monism. I must say, though, I cannot see how one can make too much of a legitimate argument for dualism, or monism, at all, so this should be fun.
Posted by adontimasu 5 years ago
My thoughts exactly, Bomb.
Posted by THEBOMB 5 years ago
wait, aren't Daoism and Taoism the exact same thing?
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Reasons for voting decision: Hmmm...Pro's forfeits, as well as his confusion of Daoism with dualism do seem to forebode an obvious choice. Con's eloquent case is a direct challenge, attempting to appeal to an obvious dichotomy present within life as well as the human character, and while it can be refuted, it is more than Pro's fragile case, which extends the "harmony" of a single reduced construct to that of social and political lines on the premise of a poorly-guarded assumption...