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A distinction between two notions of existence in the writings of St Thomas Aquinas

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Frege's doctrine of the existential quantifier solves the problems of the Ontological Argument. Attempts are often made to apply this notion to existence-statements whose subject is a name. Those whose subjects are empty names, however, are best dealt with by considering senses of names. Sentences which attribute actual existence - e.g. 'X is alive' - cannot be adequately expressed in terms of the quantifier. Thus there is another notion of existence, called esse by Aquinas.

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University of Oxford
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Type of award:
DPhil
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Doctoral
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University of Oxford
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602332148
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2017-10-05

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