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Van Gogh’s Chair (1888) by Vincent van Gogh, from the collection of the National Gallery, London, England, UK

chair +‎ -ness.



chairness (uncountable)

  1. The essence of what it means to be a chair; the qualities that make a chair what it is.
    • 1907, Mind: A Quarterly Review of Psychology and Philosophy, volume 16, Oxford: Oxford University Press, OCLC 948980807, page 34:
      Similarly when we call triangularity or chairness an idea or notion or concept, we do not mean to deny that these natures are really manifested in particulars; we are only saying that their reality, like that of the particulars, presupposes a thinking subject.
    • 2003, Ann Packer, chapter 18, in The Dive from Clausen’s Pier, New York, N.Y.: Vintage Contemporaries, →ISBN, page 177:
      He extended his finger and outlined the shape of the chair. "It's about forms and negative space—she's taken the chairness away from the chair and left it purely object."
    • 2011, Thad Nodine, chapter 3, in Touch and Go: A Novel, [Lakewood, Colo.]: Unbridled Books, →ISBN, page 39:
      I can identify the pattern of wood grain on my chair at Mom and Dad's kitchen table, but I don't try to sketch it in my mind. For me, chairness is nonvisual; it's the feel of a seat connected to four legs and a backrest.
    • 2012, Jesse J. Prinz, “Where is Consciousness? The Intermediate Level”, in The Conscious Brain: How Attention Engenders Experience (Philosophy of Mind), Oxford: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, page 74:
      When you look at a chair, you are aware of its shape from a particular point of view, but defenders of this objection insist that you are also aware of its chairness.