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Monday, December 17, 2012

0256: John Haldane on Aquinas (II)

Entry 0256: John Haldane on Aquinas (II)

In the interview I mentioned in last week’s post, Professor John Haldane affirmed that the distinction essence/existence applies to mind-dependent objects as well:

“The sort of argument I mentioned earlier involving essence and existence applies equally well if one thinks that the objects of thought and experience are mind-dependent. Of course Aquinas does not think that, so when he appeals to objects of experience he means to refer to independently existing things, but even someone who thought that there weren’t such things would still recognise a domain of essence/existence constituted entities, and this will serve so far as the existential argument is concerned.”

The interview was first published by “3:AM Magazine” on Tuesday, 4 December 2012 under the title “Aquinas amongst the Analytics.”

Link to the full interview: