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Single Idea 12089

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 8. Essence as Explanatory]

Full Idea

The central function of essence is to explain the actual existence of a unified substance.

Gist of Idea

Essences mainly explain the existence of unified substance


Charlotte Witt (Substance and Essence in Aristotle [1989], 5 n1)

Book Reference

Witt,Charlotte: 'Substance and Essence in Aristotle' [Cornell 1994], p.144

A Reaction

She is offering an interpretation of Aristotle. Since existence is an active and not a passive matter, the identity of the entity will include its dispositions etc., I presume.