Monday, 12 March 2012

Existence and essence

After a whole semester of teaching metaphysics, I received this reply from one of my students during the final oral exam today. The question was to state and differentiate between essence and existence. He never went beyond the first part of the question - or rather I was in no mood to let him, having heard his answer for the former:
Essence is what it is and existence is what a thing is.

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