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Ding an sich

Syllabification: Ding an sich
Pronunciation: /ˌdiNG än ˈzik
 
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Definition of Ding an sich in English:

noun

(In Kant’s philosophy) a thing as it is in itself, not mediated through perception by the senses or conceptualization, and therefore unknowable.
Example sentences
  • Although Kant cannot know anything about the Ding an sich, it is crucially important for his system.
  • For him the inclusion of these voices connects back to Ding an sich, to the ‘role of other artists and their work as leader voices initiating cultural canons.’
  • If we pray, Jesus or Allah will take us to the Ding an sich.

Origin

mid 19th century: German, literally 'thing in itself'.

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