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thing-in-itself

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  • noun 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.

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  • noun the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Translation of German Ding an sich.]

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Literal translation of the German term Ding an sich.

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