Singular entity; particular.
of an individual is that there is just that one thing that is that
individual. Thus, if an individual also belongs various
kinds of things, as most or all things do, then
it is distinguished in some way by being the one thing that has, next to its
relations that are characteristic of the kinds it belongs to, some
properties and relations that distinguish it as that unique thing, and none
It is an interesting fact that for the human mind everything is of some
kind, and that quite often, and in spite of the
fact that every human being knows or supposes himself or herself to be a
unique individual, it is not easy at all to say what uniquely distinguishes
something apart from temporal and spatial coordinates. The Scholastics phrased
this difficulty as "individuum ineffabile est" - what is (truly) individual
cannot be (adequately) expressed, which is not to say it cannot be
individually characterized, but rather that there is more to individuals than
can be said about them, and perhaps also that it is the unsayable part is or
contains the individually essential part.
This is true in so far as one's mind, self or brain is and contains and can
do far more than one can experience at any time, or can be conscious of. There
is more to anyone than is given in one's experience.