Phenomena vs. Phenomenon - What's the difference?

Wikipedia

  • Phenomena

    A phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενον, phainómenon, from the verb phainein, to show, shine, appear, to be manifest or manifest itself, plural phenomena) is any thing which manifests itself. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as "things that appear" or "experiences" for a sentient being, or in principle may be so. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon. In contrast to a phenomenon, a noumenon cannot be directly observed. Kant was heavily influenced by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in this part of his philosophy, in which phenomenon and noumenon serve as interrelated technical terms. Far predating this, the ancient Greek Pyrrhonist philosopher Sextus Empiricus also used phenomenon and noumenon as interrelated technical terms.

  • Phenomenon

    A phenomenon (Greek: φαινόμενον, phainómenon, from the verb phainein, to show, shine, appear, to be manifest or manifest itself, plural phenomena) is any thing which manifests itself. Phenomena are often, but not always, understood as "things that appear" or "experiences" for a sentient being, or in principle may be so. The term came into its modern philosophical usage through Immanuel Kant, who contrasted it with the noumenon. In contrast to a phenomenon, a noumenon cannot be directly observed. Kant was heavily influenced by Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in this part of his philosophy, in which phenomenon and noumenon serve as interrelated technical terms. Far predating this, the ancient Greek Pyrrhonist philosopher Sextus Empiricus also used phenomenon and noumenon as interrelated technical terms.

Wiktionary

  • Phenomena (noun)

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  • Phenomenon (noun)

    A perceptible through senses; or a fact or occurrence thereof.

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    (extension) A knowable thing or event (eg by inference, especially in science).

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    (metonymy) A kind or type of phenomenon (sense 1 or 2).

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    Appearance; a perceptible aspect of something that is mutable.

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    A fact or event considered very unusual, curious, or astonishing by those who witness it.

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    A wonderful or very remarkable person or thing.

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    An experienced object whose constitution reflects the order and conceptual structure imposed upon it by the human mind (especially by the powers of perception and understanding).

Webster Dictionary

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    An appearance; anything visible; whatever, in matter or spirit, is apparent to, or is apprehended by, observation; as, the phenomena of heat, light, or electricity; phenomena of imagination or memory.

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    That which strikes one as strange, unusual, or unaccountable; an extraordinary or very remarkable person, thing, or occurrence; as, a musical phenomenon.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    any state or process known through the senses rather than by intuition or reasoning

  • Phenomenon (noun)

    a remarkable development

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