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Henry Of Ghent On Individuation, Essence, And Being

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In this contribution, Henry's discussion of individuation as a point of entry into his ontology is used. It tries to show that Henry does have a consistent account (I.). Henry's views about the relationship between the individuating principle and that which it individuates will put the spotlight on the general question of the extent to which individual objects can be considered as ontological composites. It explores this question further by looking at Henry's arguments for why creatures can be considered as composites of an essence and existence (II). What Henry has in mind by referring to the being of essence or essential being is considered (III.) It turns to the question of why Henry thought it necessary to introduce this special mode of being in the first place (IV.). It ends with some general remarks about Henrys ontology and its reception (V.).

Keywords: Essence; essential being; Henry; Individuation; ontology



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