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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-17, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International, http://www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 2 January, 2017 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2017.

 

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Noumenon


core definition

Noumenon refers to the 'thing in itself' as opposed to the appearance of an object.


explanatory context

Noumena are the external source ofexperience. However, they can not be known directly. Noumena canonly be inferred from experience of phenomena.

 

This distinction was first expressed and developed as crucial in Kant's philosophy.

 

Kant argued that the noumenal world of God, although inaccessible to speculative reason is apprehended through people's capacity to act as moral agents.

 

The concept of noumenon is at the nub of Kant's idealism.

 

In some respects noumenon is similar to essence.


analytical review


associated issues

 


related areas

See also

idealism

essence


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