Aquinas' transcendences to Aristotle in the doctrine of essence

Frontiers of Philosophy in China 2 (4):572-582 (2007)
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.
Keywords Aquinas  transcendence  essence  doctrine of essence  Aristotle  阿奎那  超越  本质  本质学说  亚里士多德
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DOI 10.1007/s11466-007-0037-8
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