Ideas from 'De Ente et Essentia (Being and Essence)' by Thomas Aquinas [1270], by Theme Structure

[found in 'Selected Philosophical Writings' by Aquinas,Thomas (ed/tr McDermott,Timothy) [OUP 1993,0-19-282946-7]].

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2. Reason / D. Definition / 5. Genus and Differentia
If definitions must be general, and general terms can't individuate, then Socrates can't be defined
The definitions expressing identity are used to sort things
7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / e. Being and nothing
If affirmative propositions express being, we affirm about what is absent
8. Modes of Existence / B. Properties / 8. Properties as Modes
Properties have an incomplete essence, with definitions referring to their subject
8. Modes of Existence / D. Universals / 6. Platonic Forms / d. Forms critiques
If the form of 'human' contains 'many', Socrates isn't human; if it contains 'one', Socrates is Plato
9. Objects / A. Existence of Objects / 4. Individuation / a. Individuation
The principle of diversity for corporeal substances is their matter
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 1. Essences of Objects
Aristotelian essence underlies behaviour, or underlies definition, or is the source of existence
It is by having essence that things exist
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 2. Types of Essence
Specific individual essence is defined by material, and generic essence is defined by form
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 4. Essence as Definition
The definition of a physical object must include the material as well as the form
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 5. Essence as Kind
Essence is something in common between the natures which sort things into categories
9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 6. Essence as Unifier
A simple substance is its own essence
14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / j. Explanations by essence
Definition of essence makes things understandable
19. Language / A. Language / 6. Predicates
The mind constructs complete attributions, based on the unified elements of the real world
26. Natural Theory / C. Causation / 1. Causation / e. Direction of causation
A cause can exist without its effect, but the effect cannot exist without its cause