Definitions for haecceity

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  1. quiddity, haecceity(noun)

    the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other

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  1. haecceity(Noun)

    The essence of a particular thing; those qualities that define it and make it unique.

  2. Origin: From Medieval haecceitas, thisness, coined by Duns Scotus.

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  1. Haecceity

    literally, this-ness. A scholastic term to express individuality or singleness; as, this book

  2. Origin: [L. hcce this.]

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  1. Haecceity

    Haecceity is a term from medieval philosophy first coined by Duns Scotus which denotes the discrete qualities, properties or characteristics of a thing which make it a particular thing. Haecceity is a person or object's "thisness", the individualising difference between the concept 'a man' and the concept 'Socrates'. Charles Sanders Peirce later used the term as a non-descriptive reference to an individual.


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