Other thomistic accounts of existence

-What makes the difference between something known to us as known and as outside knowledge.

-That by which something is intelligible to us without being intelligible to us.

-That which, in ficta, is purely relational. Ontologically, a unicorn is a relation, not a substance. The termini of the relation exist, but are not unicorns.

-What all has per se but which God alone has first.

-The one thing that cannot be conveyed by any piece of information in a definition.

-What cannot be isolated by abstraction.

-The principle of a definition ex parte the defined. The intellect is the principle of the definition ex parte the definition. Again , we divide “principle of knowledge” explicitly from “thing known”.

-That which, by being left out, makes every definition of a finite thing.

-That which, being absent, makes a universal explanation which is perfectly intelligible to us an imperfect god. A law of nature is a lovely thing, and perfectly intelligible to us, but no god. Because the intelligible to us leaves off existence, it will make the universe either absolutely static (in fact, a pure equation) or absolutely dynamic (where even the laws of logic are contingent).

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