Phenomenon, (better phnomenon, from
φαινόμενον) made to appear, as a
substantive, an appearance. Conversationally we denote by the word a
striking or unusual appearance. In the Kantian philosophy it is used in
contradistinction to noumenon.
Things become known to us only by the
phenomena by which they address themselves to our perceptive
faculties, but we are constrained by the laws of our mind to
infer from such phenomena that there are noumena, things understood or conceived, of
which the others are the manifestations; from appearances we infer the
of something which is the ground and cause of them, which something,
however, cannot be known in itself.