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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.


(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


(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.

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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But while he acknowledged that Dilthey possessed a rather profound appreciation of this mode of self-presence, Lamb argued that Dilthey was hampered in the long run by the vestiges of an epistemological approach that distinguished between phenomena and noumena.
For example, Kant famously made the distinction between the physical, sensed phenomena and the metaphysical, divine noumena.
Kant (1953), in a complex response, tried to establish the opposite by distinguishing between noumena (the world in itself) and phenomena (the world as experienced).
The problem here since time immemorial, as renewed by Kantian categorical analysis, overly-symmetrically projected by Hegel, attempted by Husserlian phenomenological analysis, and brought to a further critical stand-still by Heidegger, has been the infinitesimal (essentially surdeterminate) difference between Being and Existence ("Being-as-Being" vis-a-vis "Being-here") --and also between Idealism and Realism, between noumena and phenomena, as well as between Transcendence and Immanence.
If language somehow reflects or represents the patterned relations of noumena, then, through linguistic patterning, man perceives at least one aspect of reality: the patterns of reality as reflected in the patterns of language.
The major difference between these two great philosophers was about their view on noumena and phenomena.
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The dhammas are not noumena hidden behind phenomena, not "things in themselves" as opposed to "mere appearances," but the fundamental components of actuality.