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Monday, October 22, 2012

0248: Actus Essendi – Point of Departure for the Existence of God (II)

Entry 0248: Actus Essendi  Point of Departure for the Existence of God (II)

John Wippel remarks that “For the philosopher, who must begin with finite beings and only eventually reason from what he finds in them to knowledge of God as their cause, participation in esse commune comes first in the order of discovery.” 

Then Wippel immediately suggests that
Along with this comes recognition of one way of reasoning to the distinction and composition of essence and esse (act of being) within such entities.”

And finally, in a parenthesis, Wippel adds that for Aquinas, “demonstration of real distinction between essence and esse within finite beings need not presuppose prior knowledge of the existence of God.”

See John F. Wippel,
The Metaphysical Thought of Thomas Aquinas (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press, 2000), 131.