Theorems on Existence and Essence (Theoremata de Esse et Essentia)

Theorems on Existence and Essence (Theoremata de Esse et Essentia)

Theorems on Existence and Essence (Theoremata de Esse et Essentia)

Theorems on Existence and Essence (Theoremata de Esse et Essentia)

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The Theoremata de esse et essentia has for the most part escaped the attention of modern historians of philosophy. Feret, it is true, gives the nomenclature of the Augustinian Friar Ossinger; Mattioli, Lajard, Merlin, and Boffito have mentioned this work together with its several editions and manuscripts, but neither Lanteri, Scheeben, Prantl, Stockl, Werner, Geyer, de Wulf nor Egenter have mentioned it. As far as Hauréau is concerned, he identifies the Theoremata de esse et essentia with the Quaestiones disputatae des esse et essentia.

Doubtless this universal omission is explained by the small number of copies of the Theoremata. Perhaps, also, it is explained by the fact that outside of Augustinian circles this work was not well known in the preceding centuries so that many of the better known bibliographers have passed it up in silence, either because they failed to distinguish between the Theoremata and the Quaestiones disputatae, or because up to their time the second work was better known than the first. Without any pretense at completeness, let us cite some of those older bibliographers who have known the Theoremata.

Jordan of Saxony in 1380, John Phillipp of Bergamo and Gesnerus who followed him; Tritheme, who gave the treatise the title of Theorica de esse et essentia. Inc.: Omne esse vel.

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