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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (in Kantian philosophy) reality as it is apart from experience.

    Category: Philosphy

    Ref: Compare noumenon

Origin of thing-in-itself:

1650–60; trans. of G Ding an sich

Princeton's WordNet

  1. noumenon, thing-in-itself(noun)

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


  1. thing-in-itself(Noun)

    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.

  2. Origin: Literal translation of the German term Ding an sich.


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