Noumenon meaning

no͝omə-nŏn
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In the philosophy of Kant, an object as it is in itself independent of the mind, as opposed to a phenomenon.
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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.
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(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.
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Origin of noumenon

  • German from Greek nooumenon from neuter present passive participle of noein to perceive by thought from nous mind

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ancient Greek νοούμενον (nooumenon), passive present participle of νοέω (noeō, “I know").

    From Wiktionary