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  • This phrase so boggled his Roman translators that they coined the word essentia to render the entire phrase, and it is from this Latin word that ours derives.

    Aristotle's Metaphysics

  • This is Schopenhauer's thesis and (unnecessarily enough) he apologises for it, as if it belittled love to say that it affects man in his essentia ceterna The genius of the race takes the lover conscript and makes him a soldier in life's battalions.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • Inasmuch as "every existentia presupposes an essentia" (Schopenhauer 51), the empirical reality of human (deliberative) action rests on the tacit, indeed inscrutable premise of the

    The Melancholic Gift: Freedom in Nineteenth-Century Philosophy and Fiction

  • Beneath all the charity-gala glitter and Manolo-dropping, her novel is essentia lly a Nancy Drew mystery in which two intrepid Wall Street women pursue an updated Gekko fraudster along a trail strewn with surreptitious Cayman Islands bank accounts, CUSIP numbers and hedge-fund gobbledygook.

    Municipal Blondes

  • That this is so is seen from the very etymology of the word “essence” as accounted for by St. Augustine who argued that “essentia” is derived from “esse”.

    Dietrich of Freiberg

  • For him some creatures are composite, some not, but in both simple and composite beings esse is the same as essentia.

    Dietrich of Freiberg

  • It has never been a doubt that there is a distinction between the esse and essentia made by the Saint, the doubt is whether he stated that this distinction is real.


  • Where ens, entitas, esse, and essentia are all existential terms answering the question whether something exists, in the De quiditatibus he considers the question “What is it that exists?”

    Dietrich of Freiberg

  • Again, unlike Aquinas who equated essentia and quiditas, Dietrich sees these metaphysical concepts are being different, but not totally unrelated.

    Dietrich of Freiberg

  • The second part of the De ente et essentia proposes arguments, mainly based on Aquinas that deny the identity of essence and existence.

    Dietrich of Freiberg


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