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  • n. The qualities, properties or characteristics of a thing which make it a particular thing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being this; hæcceity.


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this +‎ -ness


  • Other times they're constructed to isolate a telling detail that creates what Wood calls thisness, which he defines as "any detail that draws abstraction toward itself and seems to kill that abstraction with a puff of palpability."

    One-Way Street

  • Would the quintessential "thisness" of each of us disappear if a new person is created?

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  • The Spirit, meanwhile, both provides creatures with their "thisness," or particularity as unique individuals, and lures them onward toward new possibilities of fulfillment and self-transcendence.

    A Thinking Reed

  • n., the essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other; a person or object's "thisness" two things in two days -- a record for the recent writer's block.

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  • This, in its turn, is followed by a nod to Gerard Manley Hopkins's use of the word "haecceitas," referring to an entity's individual "thisness," which, Vendler reminds us, he borrowed from the medieval philosopher Duns Scotus.

    Helen Vendler's new commentary on Emily Dickinson, reviewed by Michael Dirda

  • The identity and individuality of quantum particles could be grounded in each having a primitive thisness, and the same could be true of spacetime points.

    Structural Realism

  • They are not individuated by an haecceity or primitive thisness.

    Structural Realism

  • You cannot develop your grounding theory of consciousness without making use of the power consciousness has of seizing on and conferring thisness on givens, and so it is incoherent and circular for you to then employ that theory to explain the fundamental workings of consciousness.


  • We don't give our consciousness sufficient credit for its ability to take in noisy, ambiguous, contradictory givens from the senses, and sort it out: to say 'this pattern of givens equals the copper bowl that is in front of me now and that was in front of me a moment ago,' to confer thisness on what we perceive.


  • ‘American’ also means… ‘American’- ‘of America’- the irrational thisness of a particular cultural heritage and anything emotionally associated with it.

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