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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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Abstract

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;
Subjects: Arts, Celtic Studies & Philosophy > 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
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