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n. pl. nou·me·na (-nə)
In the philosophy of Kant, an object as it is in itself independent of the mind, as opposed to a phenomenon. Also called thing-in-itself.

[German, from Greek nooumenon, from neuter present passive participle of noein, to perceive by thought, from nous, mind.]

nou′men·al (-mə-nəl) adj.
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(ˈnuːmɪnən; ˈnaʊ-)
n, pl -na (-nə)
1. (Philosophy) (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 phenomenon3 See also thing-in-itself
2. (Philosophy) the object of a purely intellectual intuition
[C18: via German from Greek: thing being thought of, from noein to think, perceive; related to nous mind]
ˈnoumenal adj
ˈnoumenalism n
ˈnoumenalist n, adj
ˌnoumeˈnality n
ˈnoumenally adv
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(ˈnu məˌnɒn)

n., pl. -na (-nə).
something that can be the object only of a purely intellectual, nonsensuous intuition.
[1790–1800; < Greek nooúmenon a thing being perceived, n. use of neuter of passive present participle of noeîn to perceive]
nou′me•nal, adj.
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noumenon Kantianism.

1. that which can be the object only of a purely intellectual, nonsensuous intuition, the thing-in-itself (Ding an Sich).
2. an unknowable object (as God), the existence of which is not capable of proof. — noumenal, adj.
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Noun1.noumenon - the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
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Something must be there that would allow it to appear to us, even if to proceed to the non-perspectival ground of reality is not possible in ordinary perception but only via a massive and yet necessary inference: das Ding an sich or das Ding an sich selbst.
Nach seiner Prognose wurde die Aufdeckung der Entstehungsgeschichte des Denkens zu dem Resultat fuhren, dass das, was man jetzt die Welt nenne, das Resultat einer Menge von Irrtumern und Phantasien sei, zu denen auch die Lehre vom Ding an sich gehore: "Vielleicht erkennen wir dann, dass das Ding an sich eines homerischen Gelachters wert ist: dass es so viel wie Alles zu bedeuten schien und eigentlich leer, namlich bedeutungslos ist." (9) Zu den abzuraumenden Irrtumern hatte Nietzsche hier auch den Glauben an die Kausalitat oder den Satz, dass Wirkung auf eine Ursache zuruckgehe, aufzahlen konnen, wie er es bereits in M II Nr.
All philosophers wanted to discover the philosopher's stone, but Kant discarded the grand plan of charting 'das Ding an sich'.