- 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
Related Words for noumenonconscience, heart, life, stuff, intelligence, mind, vitality, intellect, thought, genius, courage, ego, feeling, spirit, personality, individuality, force, essence, bottom, bosom
Examples from the Web for noumenon
Historical Examples of noumenon
Being a "noumenon," it is not a phenomenon; being a "thing in itself," it is not what things are to us.
The "colligation" of the facts, to use Whewell's phrase, is not a phenomenon, but a noumenon.Logic, Inductive and Deductive
What signified their endless pages about dualism and monism, about phenomenon and noumenon?Birthright
But then there is the Ding an sich, the Noumenon, or Kantian equivalent for the substance of the soul.Hume
He called it the "noumenon," the "real correlate of matter," and pluralized it as "things in themselves."
Word Origin for noumenon
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.