What is noumenon?

What Does noumenon Mean

The etymology of noumenon takes us to the Greek nooúmenon , which translates as "thought thing . The term is used within the framework of philosophy to refer to what is the object of rational knowledge and not of sensible knowledge .

The notion appears in the philosophical developments of the German Immanuel Kant (1724-1804). The noumenon is a non-phenomenal object : it is part of the orbit of intellectual intuition because it is known through reason . The phenomenal, on the other hand, arises from the sensible (the senses).
Kant points out that a phenomenon is an object that appears and that can be known through sensible intuition . The noumenon is a correlate of the object that goes beyond its link with sensitivity and that is something only intelligible.

That is why the idea of ​​noumenon is also used to name the thing itself . It is a hypothetical reality that transcends the field of human knowledge, existing independently of any kind of representation .
Continuing with the Kantian philosophy, he postulates that the noumenon cannot be recognized by sensible intuition, but can be recognized by intellectual intuition. The knowledge in this context is limited to phenomena, whereas the noumena mark the limit of what could be found. In other words, there is no knowledge of things in themselves.
Finally, it is interesting to mention that noumenon is considered a problematic concept : its objective reality cannot be known, it is interconnected with other knowledge and does not entail contradiction .

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