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Single Idea 9110

[catalogued under 7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / g. Particular being]

Full Idea

The words 'thing' and 'to be' (esse) signify one and the same thing, but the one in the manner of a noun and the other in the manner of a verb.

Gist of Idea

The words 'thing' and 'to be' assert the same idea, as a noun and as a verb


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

Well said - as you would expect from a thoroughgoing nominalist. I would have thought that this was the last word on the subject of Being, thus rendering any need for me to read Heidegger quite superfluous. Or am I missing something?