Actus essendi  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Actus Essendi is a Latin expression coined by Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274). Translated as 'act of being', the expression Template:Lang is a metaphysical principle outlined by Aquinas in his Christian reinterpretation of Aristotle. It relates to the essence of a thing, and how we as humans perceive this essence. He thought one could not perceive the essence of God as sense data but rather could only be understood in terms of His act of being, that is, His effects in the real world.

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