I think the line that was deleted should be added in as it describes the historical roots of this. So, I propose to add the line Neutral monism was introduced by the famous 17th century Dutch philosopher Baruch Spinoza.
In addition, the following section should also be included too: The American philosopher Donald Davidson advanced a position on mind-body identity he called "anomalous monism," which is related to but probably not exactly the same as these earlier theories. ("Anomalous" here meaning "not-physical-law-governed" rather than "strange.") since while not "exactly the same" is related and in an encyclopedia article does have relevance.
- Spinoza was no neutral monist. Neutral monism starts with Mach and James. I did add an entry on dual-aspect monism, to include Spinoza. I don't really see the relevance of bringing up Davidson, which has nothing to do with neutral monism. I suggest that if you want Davidson to be somehow inlcuded, you add an entry on anomalous monism and find someone with expert knowledge to write it. Ghwiki 16:24, 27 October 2008 (UTC)