American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unconditional; unrestricted.
- adj. Psychology Not dependent on or resulting from conditioning; unlearned or natural.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Not subject to conditions; not an effect, accident, or result of circumstances.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Not conditioned or subject to conditions; unconditional.
- adj. (Metaph.) Not subject to conditions or limitations; infinite; absolute; hence, inconceivable; incogitable.
- adj. not conditional
- adj. not established by conditioning or learning
“In the 1787 Introduction to the first Critique Kant maintains this problem of cognitive grounding can be overcome by acknowledging that, while reason must postulate the ˜unconditioned (...) in all things in themselves for everything conditioned, so that the series of conditions should thus become complete™, by restricting knowledge to appearances, rather than allowing it to be of ˜things in themselves™, the contradiction of seeking conditions of the unconditioned can be avoided.”
“For the mere fact that I throw away, by means of the word unconditioned, all the conditions which the understanding habitually requires in order to regard anything as necessary, is very far from making clear whether by means of the conception of the unconditionally necessary I think of something, or really of nothing at all.”
“In the other form of exile, read, for _precisos, voluntarios_ ( "at will"), which may be translated "unconditioned" -- that is, he might choose his place of residence.”
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“To cast off human obligations and enter into the unconditioned is the true repayment of blessings.”
“It is the glory of transcendental idealism that by it the mind ascends in the series of conditions till it reaches the unconditioned, that is, the principles.”
“In fact, whether man attributes to each object a special spirit or genius, or conceives the universe as governed by a single power, he in either case but SUPPOSES an unconditioned, that is, an impossible, entity, that he may deduce therefrom an explanation of such phenomena as he deems inconceivable on any other hypothesis.”
“If the mind, in every act of thought, imposes its own forms on its objects, to think is to condition, and the unconditioned is the unthinkable.”
“The sum of all the possible objects of our cognition seems to us to be a level surface, with an apparent horizon -- that which forms the limit of its extent, and which has been termed by us the idea of unconditioned totality.”
“But there are other considerations which compel reason to seek out some resting place in the regress from the conditioned to the unconditioned, which is not given as an actual existence from the mere conception of it, although it alone can give completeness to the series of conditions.”
“Thus the transcendental ideas are available only for ascending in the series of conditions, till we reach the unconditioned, that is, principles.”
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