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Monday, December 22, 2008

0050: Actus Essendi: The Text from De Veritate, 1, 1, ad sc 3

Entry 0050: Actus Essendi: the Text from De Veritate, 1, 1, ad sc 3

Here is another text from the "Series of Texts in which Aquinas Explicitly uses the Expression Actus Essendi:"

Cum dicitur: ‘diversum est esse et quod est,’ distinguitur actus essendi ab eo cui ille actus convenit. Nomen autem entis ab actu essendi sumitur, non ab eo cui convenit actus essendi.


“In the statement, ‘the term esse is not equivalent to the expression ‘that which is,’” we are saying that the ‘act of being’—which is one of the meanings of term esse—is being distinguished from ‘that, to which that act belongs.’ The term ens—translated as 'being'— refers indeed to the ‘act of being,’ and not to ‘that, whose act it is.’”