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Subtitle: Zijn essenties van particuliere dingen eeuwig?
Author(s): KEIZER, Henk
Journal: Tijdschrift voor Filosofie
Volume: 79 Issue: 1 Date: 2017
The important conclusion of this article is that essences of singular things are not eternal in the sense of being distinctive eternal modes, as is generally held by Spinoza scholars. Both the essence and the existence of singular things are eternal in the sense that they are comprehended in God’s eternal nature, that is to say, in the sense that they follow necessarily from that nature. The second conclusion is that the essence and the existence of things are inseparable. There are no essences of things when things do not exist. Another conclusion regards the meaning of ‘formal essence’. It is argued that the formal essence of a thing is the essence of a thing that formally follows from an attribute. It is not in any sense opposite to the actual essence of a thing. The formal essence is simply the actual essence of a thing that formally follows from an attribute.