monism vs dualism

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The essence of the materialist view is that a human being is made up of and functions by means of matter and every action or thing has physical means that it exists upon. "All things, no matter how many or of what variety, can be reduced to one unified thing in time, space, or quality" (Encyclopedia of Philosophy-Monism)...
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One rendition of materialism is called eliminative materialism. Eliminative materialism implies that there are no such things as thoughts, pains, and feelings but that our brain is simply made up of events that cause these emotions (Morris p159). For example, if a person puts their hand on a hot stove and jumps, the cause of that jump was the brain and not the stove...
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