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  • adj. Of or pertaining to the noumenon or the realm of things as they are in themselves.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the noumenon; real; -- opposed to phenomenal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to a noumenon.


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  • Mr. James demonstrates the supreme absurdity of the notion of noumenal existence, or of any created existence which has life _in se_.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • The noumenal is the great mystery - things as they really are. - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

  • He argued that humans only experience the 'phenomena' our senses provide, and therefore we cannot know the 'real' or "noumenal" world.

    CSK: Redux

  • There is nothing we can say about a "noumenal" world -- a world as it really is beyond the categories of empirical experience.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • Reality is a broader term, although it seems that the reality to which Tillich or Kaufman points is not necessarily "noumenal" in a Kantian sense.

    Philocrites: The reality of the symbol of God.

  • That God reposed alone through all the past eternities, but roused some day and sent forth a shout, or six successive shouts, and spoke things out of nothing into "noumenal" existence, were absurd enough, to use Mr. James's nervous English, "to nourish a standing army of Tom Paines into annual fatness."

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 12, No. 69, July, 1863

  • Such a proposal is distinct from pantheistic notions which equate God with the natural world, because D'Espagnat relegates the natural world - the world of space, time and matter - to what Kant referred to as the 'phenomenal' world, the world produced by the modus operandi of our minds upon the noumenal world.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • In theological terms, D'Espagnat's epistemological structural realism then enables him to advocate a pantheistic, noumenal concept of God.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • In other words, God is equated with the noumenal world, the unknowable world beyond our empirical experience and observation.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • Kant seems to nod in this direction with his (dubious) noumenal/phenomenal split, but he was quite firm that we cannot apprehend the noumena.

    Matthew Yglesias » Time For a Blogger Ethics Panel


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  • Kant is perplexing in all seasons, which makes sense, given that he is known for critiquing the idea of reasonable arguments.

    June 15, 2009

  • See noumenon, about one year ago.

    And so the Great Cycle of Wordie continues: 'tis the season to be perplexed by Kant.

    June 14, 2009

  • Even reading the definition I'm not sure quite what this means.

    June 14, 2009

  • . . . a stylized memoir dealing with the arbored boyhood and ardent youth of a great thinker who by the end of the book tackles the itchiest of all noumenal mysteries.

    --Vladimir Nabokov, 1974, Look at the Harlequins! p. 231

    June 13, 2009