Definitions

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  • n. The quality or characteristic of being that (something referred to).

Etymologies

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that +‎ -ness

Examples

  • Then again, applying the same logic, everything just mentioned could all be thought of as thatness, instead — yet whoness has been a speciescentric construct, but thatness, too impersonal.

    Carol Maric: That vs. Who: The Politics of Linguistics

  • The later Heidegger clarifies that the thinking that begins with Being and Time is neither directed to being in a metaphysical sense the whatness or thatness of things nor directed to the human being in an existential-phenomenological sense.

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  • Inauthentic existence has the character of an irreducible thatness, what Heidegger calls ‘das Daß seines Da’.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • And is it made more reasonable by the fact that when I brought about the THATNESS of the evil WHATNESS decreed to come by the thatness of all else beside, I did so consentingly and aware of no 'impediments outside of my own nature'?

    Familiar Letters of William James I

  • What a mockery then seems your distinction between determination and compulsion, between passivity and an 'activity' every minutest feature of which is preappointed, both as to its whatness and as to its thatness, by what went before?

    Familiar Letters of William James I

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