noumenon
Kant's term for the world of things as they are in themselves, i.e. the world that lies behind the veil provided by our senses.

As opposed to the phenomenal world, the world of things delivered to us through our senses.

Notes
1. Plato called it the kosmos noetos, whereas in Hinduism it is called brahman.

2. The Greeks called the mental capacity to understand the noumenon the nous.
Categories: kant ontology



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