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Monday, November 15, 2010

0148: John F. Wippel on Actus Essendi (I)

Entry 0148: Remarks by Professor John F. Wippel

"If one finds limited instances of act, especially of the actus essendi, this can only be because in every such case the act principle [the actus essendi] is received and limited by a really distinct potency principle.

"It is also true, of course, that according to Aquinas, the essence principle and the act of being (actus essendi) of any creature are both created by God simultaneously, since the entire being is created, including both." (1)

(1) John F. Wippel, The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2000), 128.