beingness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From being +‎ -ness. Translation of the German Seiendheit; sometimes also used to translate the simple Sein (being).

Noun[edit]

beingness (uncountable)

  1. The state or quality of being being; existence.
    • 1865, James Hutchison Stirling, The Secret of Hegel[1], page 263:
      Thus, from every example, we may see that Quantity always concerns a Beingness, which is indifferent to the very determinateness which it now, or at any time, has.
    • 1988, Leo Strauss, What is Political Philosophy?[2], ISBN 0226777138, page 253:
      In the good painting the stone is no longer a stone, i.e., something which we could not possibly be: in the good painting the stone has become visible in its beingness; only in the work of art is the stone truly.
    • 2004, Richard H. Jones, Mysticism and Morality: A New Look at Old Questions[3], ISBN 0739107844, page 391:
      The two approaches remain distinct ways of knowing: mystics are interested in the changeless beingness outside of time, while scientists are only interested in understanding the causes of the changes within the world of time.

Usage notes[edit]

This word is often found in Scientology texts.

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