the intellectual conception of a thing as it is in itself, not as it is known through perception
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.
Origin: Literal translation of the German term Ding an sich.
The numerical value of thing-in-itself in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of thing-in-itself in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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A beautiful print is a thing in itself, not just a halfway house on the way to the page.
The secular shift in the balance of power between limited partners and general partners has begun to make the industry more transparent about how firms make money, which is a good thing in itself.
Evil, and evil spirits, devils and devil possession, are the outgrowth of man's inadequate consciousness of God. We must avoid thinking of evil as a thing in itself-a force that works against man or, against God, if you will.
I don't know that I ever wanted greatness, on its own. It seems rather like wanting to be an engineer, rather than wanting to design something--or wanting to be a writer, rather than wanting to write. It should be a by-product, not a thing in itself. Otherwise, it's just an ego trip.
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