The Logical Impossibility of Monism
“From the Law of Identity, A is A, we may validly infer that A is not ~A. From this we may validly deduce that “A” cannot be “all that exists,” for there will always be that which “A” is not. Therefore, the proposition “Everything is one” is false. For if “Everything is one,” then it necessarily follows that “Everything” is not more than one. And this plurality, against which the Oneness of being is starkly contrasted, is irreconcilable to monism. Thus, every postulation of identity, A is A, presupposes difference as that which enables the postulation of identity to even be possible. “A” is predicable by virtue of difference; therefore, monism is false. For the mystics who like such meaningless statements, I used to be one of them, such an argument won’t convince them. However, for the thinking person, such an argument should at least begin to move him to question the absurd statements of eastern and western mystical monists.”
Axiomatic Patchwork: The Collected Fragments of Jacques Futon, Vol. 2, p. 123
(Edited by Jonathan Cullings)
A Side Note
I’ll be back on Wednesday, Lord willing, to post my own writing. As for today, however, I’m spending my time reading B.B. Warfield’s wonderful book, Counterfeit Miracles. You can download it for free at googlebooks.