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    Jean de la Rochelle's Formulation of the Distinction between Being and Essence

    Ryan, Denise (2007) Jean de la Rochelle's Formulation of the Distinction between Being and Essence. Maynooth Philosophical Papers (4). pp. 123-129.

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    The distinction between ‘being’ and ‘essence’ arose in the elaboration of the theory of universal hylomorphism, defended by the Franciscans, which maintained that there is a composition of matter and form in all beings other than the First cause. This paper focuses on a formula which Jean de La Rochelle (1190/ 1200–1245) borrows from Boethius (c. 480524) to explain how the ‘being’ of the soul is distinct from the ‘essence’ of the soul. It concludes by raising the question whether Jean’s formulation anticipates that of St Thomas Aquinas’s (1224–1274) in his early writings on De Ente et Essentia.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Jean de la Rochelle; Formulation; Being and Essence;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Philosophy
    Item ID: 1002
    Depositing User: Denise Ryan
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2008
    Journal or Publication Title: Maynooth Philosophical Papers
    Publisher: Department of Philosophy NUIM
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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