Monism

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Monism

The concept that domestic and international law form a complete whole. That is, monist courts are required to enforce international law when it contradicts municipal law. For example, when a treaty becomes the law of the land upon passage, the legislature does not have to change contradictory laws because the treaty does so already. The United States has a monist state because its Constitution states that treaties are the law of the land upon ratification. See also: Dualism.
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And simply because a generation chooses to envision the world monistically does not make the world so.
It differs from nonreductive materialism, a position in many respects like his own except that it repudiates the requirement of reduction - either monistically construed as involving property identities, or dualistically construed as involving nomic coextensions between non-identical mental and physical properties.
Tom Sorell proposes a corrective that is consonant with the reservations I have been voicing about the exclusiveness of Quinean commitments to a particular kind of scientific discipline, informed by a monistically conceived set of theoretical assumptions out of which "science" itself also emerges as a natural kind.