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Single Idea 9109

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 6. Essence as Unifier]

Full Idea

If essence and existence were two things, then no contradiction would be involved if God preserved the essence of a thing in the world without its existence, or vice versa, its existence without its essence; both of which are impossible.

Gist of Idea

If essence and existence were two things, one could exist without the other, which is impossible


William of Ockham (Summa totius logicae [1323], III,II,c,xxvii)

Book Reference

Ockham,William of: 'Ockham's Philosophical Writings', ed/tr. Boehner,P [Hackett 1990], p.93

A Reaction

Not that William is using the concept of a supreme mind as a tool in argument. His denial of essence as something separable is presumably his denial of the Aristotelian view of universals, as well as of the Platonic view.