perseity
The condition in which a thing is acting out of its own inner nature. God alone is supposed to be describable as per se esse, that is, existing out of his or her own inner necessity. It was a doctrine of Aquinas that ‘quod est per se, semper est prius eo quod est per aliud’: that which is per se is always prior to that which depends upon something else. The notion forms the background to the cosmological and ontological arguments.

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  • perseity — /peuhr say i tee, see /, n. (in medieval philosophy) the quality of those things having substance independently of any real object. [1685 95; < ML perseitas, equiv. to L per se PER SE + itas ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • perseity — per·se·i·ty …   English syllables

  • perseity — (ˌ)pərˈsāəd.ē, sēə noun ( es) Etymology: Medieval Latin perseitas, from Latin per se + itas ity : the quality or state of being per se : self inclusive or self sufficient being …   Useful english dictionary

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  • perseic — perseic, a. rare. (pəˈsiːɪk) [f. per se (per prep. 9) + ic.] Of or pertaining to perseity. in Century Dict …   Useful english dictionary

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