Meaning of haecceity in English:



mass noun
  • 1Philosophy
    That 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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smooth space is filled by events or haecceities, far more than by formed and perceived things.’
    1. 1.1The property of being a unique and individual thing.
      ‘he has a paramount concern with haecceity, the thisness of things’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The haecceity of a thing is what makes this particular thing what it is in particular.’
      • ‘Not that it actually matters, but that is the haecceity of the question and its answer.’



/hɛkˈsiːɪti/ /hiːkˈsiːɪti/


Mid 17th century from medieval Latin haecceitas, from Latin haec, feminine of hic ‘this’.