One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1That property or quality of a thing by virtue of which it is unique or describable as “this (one).”
- ‘For historical reasons, such a property is called a haecceity -- literally, a ‘thisness.’’
- ‘Smooth space is filled by events or haecceities, far more than by formed and perceived things.’
- ‘Understanding concepts in his philosophy (eg., faciality, virtuality, haecceity, types of becoming, and rhizome) is important as they provide to entry points into some of the issues under examination.’
- ‘Although it might seem to be a highly fanciful notion, it is hardly more fanciful than some haecceity theories which employ the same distinction, nor perhaps than some possible worlds theories either.’
- ‘But it has extra-mental existence only in the particular things in which it exists, and in them it is always ‘contracted’ by the haecceity.’
- 1.1 The property of being a unique and individual thing.
- ‘The haecceity of a thing is what makes this particular thing what it is in particular.’
- ‘It is the entire assemblage in its individuated aggregate that is a haecceity; it is this assemblage that is defined by a longitude and a latitude, by speeds and affects, independently of forms and subjects, which belong to another plane.’
- ‘There's the haecceity, the isness, the standing reserve, that's one thing: the world.’
- ‘Not that it actually matters, but that is the haecceity of the question and its answer.’
Mid 17th century: from medieval Latin haecceitas, from Latin haec, feminine of hic ‘this’.
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