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Monday, November 22, 2010

0149: Stephen L. Brock on Actus Essendi

Entry 0149: Actus Essendi and Existence (III)

Remarks by Stephen L. Brock

"It is not nonsense to speak of the potential and actual existence of blindness. Its actual existence, of course, can hardly be an actus essendi. The lesson is rather that not every actual existence is an actus essendi.

"The extension comes quite naturally to our minds. And it serves to explain the broader notion of 'existence,' the one that applies both to real natures and to their privations and negations." (1)

(1) Stephen L. Brock, "Thomas Aquinas and 'What Actually Exists,'" Wisdom Apprentice, P.A. Kwasniewski, ed., (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2007) pp. 29 and 35.