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Alysse Johnson Term Paper Philosophy HON 216 Intelligible/Noumenal vs. Sensible/Phenomenal There are two philosophers who both deal with where knowledge lies in people’s existence. These realms are the intelligible and sensible realms according to Plato, and to parallel these realms Kant has the noumenal and phenomenal realms. Plato believes that knowledge lies within the intelligible realm, which is considered to be where the true forms of the things in themselves are located. They are in true essence more accurate and superiorly significant compared to the appearances of the things in themselves. On the other hand, Kant believes differently, because people can only get to the appearances of things. This causes Kant to believe that true knowledge lies within the phenomenal realm of existence, which is parallel to Plato’s sensible realm, rather than the noumenal realm which is the parallel to the intelligible realm of existence. To understand where knowledge lies either in the noumenal/intelligible realm or phenomenal/sensible realm relies on the distinctions between the realms with respect to Kant and Plato’s definitions. Plato’s phenomenal realm is considered to be the lesser of the two realms. It is the sensible experience of the world which relies on the physical and material world from which to gather perceptions and ideas about experiences. It is the world of objects, of the body, and of the immediate experience. Because experiences of the things in themselves are not the reality of the things in themselves, then Plato is inclined to describe the phenomenal realm as inferior possessing a lesser degree of reality. The phenomenal realm is considered to be the realm of experience where people can be reminded of reality, according to Plato, but they are not actually getting at the knowledge or truth of the thing in itself. People can only have so much of an understanding of something they
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Alysse Johnson experience or sense in the world because they cannot truly experience or get at the things in themselves in the phenomenal realm. “Then grant me for the sake of argument that there Is present in our souls a blob of wax, bigger in one person and smaller in another, made of purer wax in one and more filthy in another, and harder in some people but more flexible in others, while there are some in whom it’s in a measured condition” . This is the idea that the intellectual power of the soul has seen the forms of sensibility, or the things in themselves, pre-existing its body. Then after acquiring a body people forget about the pure vision of justice, virtue, and courage but retain their memory or impression of them. These memories can be provoked and remembered under the correct circumstances to somewhat understand experience. The thing in itself cannot be fully understood because it is located in the intelligible realm where the soul first inhabited, but is now only in the body of the sensible realm. The recollection of the things in themselves comes in various stages. The first is where
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