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Single Idea 11202

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 1. Essences of Objects]

Full Idea

It is by having essence that things exist.

Gist of Idea

It is by having essence that things exist


Thomas Aquinas (De Ente et Essentia (Being and Essence) [1267], p.94)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.94

A Reaction

Compare Idea 11199, which gives a fuller picture. This idea seems to suggest essence as the cause of existence, which sounds wrong. Perhaps essence is a necessary condition of existence, but it is necessary that nothing indeterminate can exist?

Related Idea

Idea 11199 Aristotelian essence underlies behaviour, or underlies definition, or is the source of existence [Aristotle, by Aquinas]