no·​e·​sis | \ nōˈēsə̇s \
plural -es

Definition of noesis

1 : purely intellectual apprehension:
a Platonism : the highest kind of knowledge or knowledge of the eternal forms or ideas contrasted with dianoia
b in Husserl : the subjective aspect of or the act in an intentional experience distinguished from noema
2 : cognition especially when occurring through direct knowledge

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History and Etymology for noesis

Greek noēsis, from noein to perceive, think

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“Noesis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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