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[catalogued under 14. Science / D. Explanation / 2. Types of Explanation / k. Explanations by essence]

Full Idea

It is definition of essence that makes things understandable.

Gist of Idea

Definition of essence makes things understandable


Thomas Aquinas (De Ente et Essentia (Being and Essence) [1267], p.92)

Book Reference

Aquinas,Thomas: 'Selected Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. McDermott,Timothy [OUP 1993], p.92

A Reaction

The aim of philosophy is understanding, which is achieved by successful explanation. I totally agree with this Aristotelian view, so neatly summarised by Aquinas.