- the object, itself inaccessible to experience, to which a phenomenon is referred for the basis or cause of its sense content.
- a thing in itself, as distinguished from a phenomenon or thing as it appears.
- Kantianism. something that can be the object only of a purely intellectual, nonsensuous intuition.
Origin of noumenon
Examples from the Web for noumena
Aries Tottle's mode, in a word, was based on noumena; Hog's on phenomena.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Allan Poe
Does Mr. Mill really suppose that all noumena are self-existent?The Philosophy of the Conditioned
H. L. Mansel
There is the world of appearance (phenomena), and there is the world of reality or substance (noumena).Theism or Atheism
We may begin with the passages in the chapter on phenomena and noumena.A Commentary to Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason'
Norman Kemp Smith
All noumena are there before we arrive at an understanding of them.The Unthinking Destroyer
Word Origin and History for noumena
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.