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Paper #2: Essence and Existence Student outcome: Each student will produce a wri
Paper #2: Essence and Existence Student outcome: Each student will produce a written paper focusing on Aquinas' distinction between essence and existence, and the implications of such a view. Skills: reading and writing Follow the instructions below: The second paper must be at least 5 pages long (12 pt. font, double spaced), and it is due May 13th. Introduction: Aquinas’ understanding of essence and existence enables him to argue for the existence of God. Body: Explain the definitions of: Essence Existence Explain the composition of essence and existence in finite things. Describe the order of generation in terms of this composition of essence and existence. Explain Aquinas’ first way. What can be concluded about the nature of God as first mover? Is he in the order of generation or outside this order? In other words, does he have the nature of a creature that is composed with an act of existence? Or is his nature necessarily other in order to be the first mover? Name one way we can reason about the nature of God, define it, and explain the aspects about God’s nature that can be known through this reasoning. (Negation or Analogy/Reference) Conclusion

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