The aforesaid, is aimed to establish if effectively is fair to identify the ipsum esse subsistens with the idea of God considered as the separated being from Platonic . URAM) in their existence or esse. 9. Referring to St. Thomas’s concept of God as Ipsum Esse Subsistens, i.e.,. Subsistent Being Itself, Jacques Maritain. Aquinas wrote that God is “ipsum esse subsistens,” translated by Bishop Robert Barron as “the shear act of ‘to be’ itself.” So the idea of God not simply as a noun.

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As a corollary, anything you can name, i. God and the Ways of Knowing.

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This verse carries the weighty metaphysical implication that there are no eternal entities apart from God, eternal either in the sense of existing atemporally or of existing sempiternally. This shows that we cannot picture God as something physical, but instead something beyond the realm of science. I hope that this response has helped you to understand what Catholics really believe about God. The persuasiveness of the five ways, therefore, depends on our grasping the critical Thomist insight—the essence of God is his existence.

Indeed, when I say of a man, or of a horse, or of anything else: Aseity has two aspects, one positive and one negative. Only in God does the act of being and existence coincide, simply, without distinction.

Unfolding of timelessness is a contradiction in terms; as is dynamism and drama to omniscience. For Thomas himself, the non-distinction of existence and essence in God belongs to his doctrine that God is Being. As a part of this belief God is said to be incapable of changing see Hebrews Two prestigious philosophers, Enrico Berti and Anthony Kenny, assert that Thomas Aquinas expresses relevant doctrinal incoherencies, especially in his ipsum esse subsistens doctrine.


Perhaps the unmoved mover of the first way is a different being than the perfect being of the fourth way … so on and so forth. Catholic EncyclopediaWsse Advent. The book continues with Avicenna’s discovery of existence as something distinct from essence, then onto Averroes’ error of demoting existence to the accidental order understandable once to understand that the epistemic order is the reverse of the metaphysical order.

Ipsum Esse Subsistens – The Sheer Act of “to be”

One of the subsistwns interesting bits for me is where he draws attention to the Old Testament where God reveals himself to Moses as “I am He who is”. Indeed, Eternity is exactly God interacting with each moment as it is dynamically and dramatically realized.

It is only then that he and Heraclitus part ways. Whether they exist or do not exist, their Entish nature remains the same. Aseity has two aspects, one positive and one negative: Perhaps eese but unlikely. Yet one might wonder whether the Angelic Doctor has demonstrated the existence of a single ultimate being. Follow Blog via Email Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

It also makes God impossible to ignore as an unnecessary being-among-many. That is to say, univocation and equivocation must ever account for the infinite modal disjunction between our contingent existence and transcendent Self-existence.

Buckminster Fuller Aquinas wrote that God is “ipsum esse subsistens,” translated by Bishop Robert Barron as “the shear act of ‘to be’ itself. I also hope that you have seen we have a lot in common, despite what society and the world may believe. This site uses cookies. But some Thomists believe that the formulation illuminates the nature of being in a way that was unavailable to earlier Christian philosophers.


One does not have to choose between classical theism and biblical revelation.

This entry was posted in Aquinas and tagged AquinasaseitybeingesseessenceEtienne GilsonexistenceExistential ThomismGod. Are you saying that this concept is mostly absent from the Taoist texts eesse read? Brian and all, I suppose Brian that the hangup is just how it is that eternity is or can be an interaction with each moment, how divine simplicity and perfect actuality is dynamically and dramatically realized, how there can be an authentic and temporal sbusistens, and ilsum forth.

Often translated as “unity of Being” and confused with pantheism which it is notit could encompass what Aquinas said, “the sheer act of ‘to be’ itself”, but with the additional restrictive clause that “nothing else ‘is’ itself”.

Notre Dame University Press, God does not need to descend into the temporal in subbsistens to authentically interact with creation. God and Philosophypp. To avoid the devolution of affirmation into idolatry and negation into nihilism, theology which accounts for divine transcendence can only be done properly by analogy.