Thing-in-itself meaning

thĭngĭn-ĭt-sĕlf
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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, postulated by practical reason but existing in a condition which is in principle unknowable and unexperienceable.
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Origin of thing-in-itself

  • Translation of German Ding an sich

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

  • Literal translation of the German term Ding an sich.

    From Wiktionary