in Kantian philosophy, a thing as it is in itself, as such unable to be known through sense perception but postulated as the intelligible ground of a phenomenon
Origin of noumenonGerman ; from Classical Greek nooumenon, neuter of nooumenos, present participle passive voice of noein, to perceive ; from nous, noos, the mind
In the philosophy of Kant, an object as it is in itself independent of the mind, as opposed to a phenomenon. Also called thing-in-itself.
Origin of noumenonGerman, from Greek nooumenon, from neuter present passive participle of noein, to perceive by thought, from nous, mind.
- (philosophy) In the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and those whom he influenced, a thing as it is independent of any conceptualization or perception by the human mind; a thing-in-itself, postulated by practical reason but existing in a condition which is in principle unknowable and unexperienceable.
From Ancient Greek Î½Î¿Î¿ÏÎ¼ÎµÎ½Î¿Î½ (nooumenon), passive present participle of Î½Î¿ÎÏ‰ (noeÅ, “I know").