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Essence and Existence

I have shown that there are two problems with universals and particulars. If there were a way to distinguish between individuals and universals, then there would be a solution to these problems. The distinction between an existence and an essence is such a thing. Each individual has a distinct existence but a universal has a common essence. Universals are any thing that has a name. For example, re...

Thoughts

I had previously distinguished between words and concepts by showing that concepts necessarily represent what they are concepts of while words may always but never necessarily do so. This distinction allows us to determine if something is a word or a concept. In order to finish understanding what words and concepts are, we must examine thoughts. Thoughts are always words because we use one element...