CAUSALITY AND CONTINUITY
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The ordinary objects which we know may, as appearances to us, be called phenomena. We are also bound to suppose that there may be other things which have their own character in themselves. These things as they are in themselves, whether they are intuited by us as phenomena or not, we are obliged to regard as objects which we think by mere understanding apart from sense. We call these objects noumena. Here then are clearly two different meanings of noumenon. The theory of sensibility as expounded in the Kritik is at the same time a doctrine of noumena in the negative sense. But if we understand by noumenon a thing so far as it is the object of a non-sensuous intuition, this is a noumenon in the positive sense. His whole thought seems to me utterly remote from the doctrine that the thing-in-itself is to be reduced to a mere concept of the mind.