- Any view that postulates two kinds of thing in some domain is dualistic; contrasting views according to which there is only one kind of thing are monistic . The most famous example of the contrast is mind–body dualism, contrasted with monism in the form either of idealism (only mind) or more often physicalism (only body or matter).
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