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Monday, July 30, 2012

0236: The Self-Evident Connotation of the Actus Essendi (XIV)



Entry 0236: The Self-Evident Connotation of the Actus Essendi (XIV)


In Being and Predication, Ralph McInerny writes:

"What in the text of Boethius is listed as the first axiom—[diversum est esse et id quod est]—is actually a meta-axiom which makes the familiar distinction between conceptions self-evident to all and conceptions self-evident only to the learned.

"Propositions will be evident to all when they are composed of terms no one can fail to understand. 'Ea autem quae in omni intellectu cadunt, sunt maxime communia quae sunt: ens, unum et bonum. Et ideo ponit hic Boethius primo quasdam conceptiones pertinentes ad ens. Secundo quasdam pertinentes ad unum, ex quo sumitur ratio simplicis et compositi …'

"[Diversum est esse et id quod est] … in our list pertains to being [ens]."

Ralph McInerny, Being and Predication: Thomistic Interpretations (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 1986), 98.