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Dictionary Definition

noesis n : the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning [syn: cognition, knowledge]

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Noun

noesis
  1. The consciousness side to duality of noesis and noema.
  2. noesis → noema

Quotations

  • 2003 Denis Fisette Husserl's Logical Investigations Reconsidered
    "Husserl calls the noesis the meaning-giving element of the act, and the noema he calls the meaning given in the act."

Extensive Definition

Noesis is a Greek word meaning "the ability to sense or know something immediately". In phenomenology, it is an act of consciousness. "Thinking", "loving", "hating", "imagining" are all verbs applying to what minds do. One would never call "loving" a belief, because it is something you do, not something you merely hold to be true.
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References

noesis in Finnish: Noesis
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