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Monday, August 23, 2010

0136: The Self-Evident Connotation of the Actus Essendi (III)

Entry 0136: The Self-Evident Connotation of the Actus Essendi (III)



“What is self- evident is paradoxically difficult to discover, because it's not self-evident until it's seen” (William Matthews, Curiosities, University of Michigan Press, 1989, p. 138.)

Aquinas was the thinker who saw that in an existing material thing there is a double composition: first the composition of ‘primary matter’ and ‘substantial form’ and then composition of ‘essence’ and ‘actus essendi.’