Noun: haecceity hek'seeitee
- The essence that makes something the kind of thing it is and makes it different from any other
Derived forms: haecceities
Type of: center [US], centre [Brit, Cdn], core, essence, gist, heart, heart and soul, inwardness, kernel, marrow, meat, nitty-gritty, nub, pith, substance, sum
- Later followers of Scotus called this principle haecceity or'thisness '.
- A haecceity or individual essence is a property that only a single object instantiates.
- Haecceity thus enabled Scotus to find a middle ground in the debate over universals between Nominalism and Realism.
- This is at the heart of Scotist realism, particularly at the theories of haecceity and formal distinction.
- Phenomenology is the field of studying the phenomena as such, and can thus be seen as a contemporary philosophical version of the medieval concept of haecceity.