American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Philosophy See noumenon.
- n. philosophy In the philosophy of Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) and those whom he influenced, a thing as it is independent of any conceptualization or perception by the human mind, postulated by practical reason but existing in a condition which is in principle unknowable and unexperienceable.
- n. the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
- Translation of German Ding an sich. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And it's worth it, when you're at the cash register, to throw a thing-in-itself down on the conveyor belt behind a bleached blonde with a cartful of “natural” foods.”
“I got the feeling it was one of those This Is A Metaphor books, when I really wanted sort of less metaphor and more thing-in-itself -- I thought that idea was really well-done in the Secret Country books, where you got flashes of the original game obliquely and at the same time that kind of terrifying exhilarating game-as-reality feeling.”
“Now what in the world could it possibly mean to say that it is "impossible" to interpret a literary work as autonomous, a "thing-in-itself"?”
“McConkey, likewise, believes it "impossible to interpret any text as a thing-in-itself, a work separate from the knowledge we bring to it through previous readings or anything else we carry in memory.”
“Anyway, I just couldn't resist going from the thing in the famous philosophical problem about the "thing-in-itself" vs. the "thing-for-us" to the phrase "Miss Thing," slamming those two contexts together to see what sparks fly.”
“The latter makes much sense as the wholly predicateless “thing-in-itself.””
“Maybe you are making some metaphysical distinction between the thing-in-itself and how we perceive it?”
“And education is in deep trouble, not just as a thing-in-itself, but as an indicator of our racial future.”
“The multifarious varieties of anti-realism are just as rationally potent — – arguably more potent — - when it comes to the mysterious thing-in-itself known as matter than it is when it comes to moral value, which we actually know more intimately than we know matter.”
“In fact this definition is implied in saying that the thing-in-itself is the indeterminate, utterly without form and so without content — or in saying that”
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