thing-in-itself

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Literal translation of the German Ding an sich.

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thing-in-itself (plural things-in-themselves)

  1. (from Kantian philosophy on) 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.
    Synonyms: noumenon
    Antonyms: phenomenon

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