Noumenon



[noo-muh-non] /ˈnu məˌnɒn/

noun, plural noumena
[noo-muh-nuh] /ˈnu mə nə/ (Show IPA)
1.
the object, itself inaccessible to experience, to which a phenomenon is referred for the basis or cause of its sense content.
2.
a thing in itself, as distinguished from a phenomenon or thing as it appears.
3.
Kantianism. something that can be the object only of a purely intellectual, nonsensuous intuition.
/ˈnuːmɪnən; ˈnaʊ-/
noun (pl) -na (-nə)
1.
(in the philosophy of Kant) a thing as it is in itself, not perceived or interpreted, incapable of being known, but only inferred from the nature of experience Compare phenomenon (sense 3) See also thing-in-itself
2.
the object of a purely intellectual intuition
n.

1796, “object of intellectual intuition” (opposed to a phenomenon), term introduced by Kant, from Greek noumenon “that which is perceived,” neuter passive present participle of noein “to apprehend, perceive by the mind” (from noos “mind”). With passive suffix -menos.

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