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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

ISSN 1673-3436

ISSN 1673-355X(Online)

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Front. Philos. China    2007, Vol. 2 Issue (4) : 572-582     DOI: 10.1007/s11466-007-0037-8
Aquinas’ transcendences to Aristotle in the doctrine of essence
DUAN Dezhi
School of Philosophy, Wuhan University, Wuhan 430072, China
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Abstract  Aquinas’ philosophy is revolutionary, especially his doctrine of essence within the context of natural philosophy has transcended that of Aristotle. The principal distinctions between the doctrines of Aquinas and Aristotle are demonstrated in four layers which are entity-nature, compositeness, particularity and potentiality of essence. Aquinas not only overturns and reforms the Western traditional view of essence, but also constructs a prominent joint  connecting essentialism to existentialism in Western philosophy.
Issue Date: 05 December 2007
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