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What's in a Name?

For creative people, names do not much matter. Unism cannot be defined in mere words, even less can it be contained in its name. Any other reference would do as well. The name can be stolen, faked, vulgarized, debased—this does not change the ideological charge of unism as it is presented on this site.

Here, I have chosen the word "unism" as a hint to the uniqueness, universality and unity of the world, which constitute the "3U principle" lying in the basis of the philosophy of unism. This principle treats the integrity of the world in a more specific manner, allowing for many important consequences. On the other hand, unism could be compared to communism, its nearest cultural predecessor; in this respect, unism could be called communism without the "comm-" component, which stresses the necessity of getting rid of the relics of herd psychology, the need for advancing beyond the limits of primitive communal existence.

The name of unism was chosen to avoid duplicating of terms used by other people in other context. However, this goal can hardly ever be achieved, and one could encounter a number of texts that use the word in a sense different from accepted here. For instance in theosophical writings by G. de Purucker, the term "unism" is used for what is here called "syncretism", the state of no distinctions that precedes any analytically divided state. One could also recall the aesthetic conception by Polish painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, developed in 1920s, which carried the same name. Strzeminski's ideas have much in common with the aesthetics of unism developed here in its universal form—however the two approaches should not be mixed. Recently, different people borrowed the name "unism" to denote various philosophical and even religious doctrines; sometime their authors asked my permission; I cannot prevent them from using any names at all, since they are not patented or copyrighted; moreover, restricting the usage of the language is contrary to the very nature of unism. If anybody wants to express the same idea of universality in their own wording, their philosophy will be akin to unism regardless of whether they choose to call it unism or not. On the other hand, no religion, dogmatism, relativism, pragmatism, eclecticism can go for unism, even under the stolen name.