Jean de la Rochelle's Formulation of the Distinction between Being and Essence.
Maynooth Philosophical Papers (4).
The distinction between âbeingâ and âessenceâ 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/ 1200â1245) borrows from Boethius (c. 480524)
to explain how the
âbeingâ of the soul is distinct from the âessenceâ of the soul. It concludes by raising the question
whether Jeanâs formulation anticipates that of St Thomas Aquinasâs (1224â1274) in his early
writings on De Ente et Essentia.
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