Other terms frequently used in English language scholarship, particularly the older scholarship, for the noumenal/phenomenal distinction are intelligible/experiential or intelligible/sensible ("sensible" meaning capable of being perceived through the physical senses).
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2 I've adapted the notions of pessimistic and optimistic Platonist dualism from Frances Yates' discussion of two corresponding forms of gnostic dualism. See Frances A. Yates, Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition. (Chicago and London: Univ. Of Chicago Press, 1964), p. 22. Yates cites A.-J. Festugiere, La Revelation d'Hermes Trismegiste. 4 vols. (Paris, 1950-4), I, 84; II, x-xi. return to text
3 Here, as always when using modern English translations of works originally written in ancient Greek or Latin, readers must remember that terms translated into modern languages by such words as mind, reason, intellect, and intelligence have a much wider and more complex semantic field (range of meaning) in past historical periods than they have in late-twentieth-century common usage and are certainly not limited to discursive or analytical rationality. return to text