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Definition of Noumenon

  NOUMENON   noun
That which exists, as distinguished from that which merely seems to exist, the latter being a phenomenon.  The noumenon is a bit difficult to locate; it can be apprehended only be a process of reasoning -- which is a phenomenon.  Nevertheless, the discovery and exposition of noumena offer a rich field for what Lewes calls 'the endless variety and excitement of philosophic thought.'  Hurrah (therefore) for the noumenon!

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The Devil's Dictionary
by Ambrose Bierce, 1911


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