What is Thing-In-Itself, What Does It Mean?July 2, 2021
The self of anything… The reputation of this expression comes from the use of the German thinker Immanuel Kant. But earlier Aristotle used it synonymously with ‘substance (Yu. Ousia). The scholastics also gave it the same meaning, as they followed in the footsteps of Aristotle. According to Kant, the thing-in-itself expresses the “self (Noumenon)” which is not given to us under the appearances (Phaenomen, phenomenon) given to us, and cannot be known because it is not given to us. Who gave us these, who did not, Kant does not say the name of it, but it must be god.