Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesPhilosophy · 1 decade ago

What is the difference between existence and essence?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    To exist means to be present in reality (time and space). Something that is not present in reality may still have an essence. The essence of something is that which makes it what it is. For example, the essence of a bachelor is an unmarried man. However, if every man was married and there were no bachelors left (existing) on earth, the essence of a bachelor would still be an unmarried man.

  • laci
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Essence And Existence

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  • 4 years ago

    Essence is inside of existence. Existence is more physical than essence. But without essence there will be no existence. Also, essence is more of metaphysical and existence can be described as physical.

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  • 1 decade ago

    An "essence" is an "existent", i.e., "a thing that exists."

    Existence is the irriducible primary that "some thing" with essence exists.

    The essence of an existent is conceptual, not a fact of nature. In other words, an essence is what we say it is. For example, Abraham's people still believed in human sacrifices, as well as sacrifices of animals. The "essence" of "sacrifice" was "making a payment to the Lord." The essence of human sacrifice in today's society is "murder." Those are two very difference concepts and concepts are not found in nature, but in the human mind.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    there is no such thing as essence. at the end of the day all things are energy. so then i guess you would need to say that the essence of everything is energy, the same thing. then essence is nothing since it is supposed to be the fundamental particularity of a specific thing. existence is similar yet by definition it is a common property of all things, whereas essence claims to be different for everything.

  • small
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Essence is the core existence without which it would be a peripheral or obvious existence which is meaningless. Essence gives the meaningful existence.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Existence is objective in the sense that a thing that exists is not necessarily conscious of itself. Conscious beings can see the essence of all things, in a subjective way that proceeds existence

  • 4 years ago

    Classical idealism looks to whether a form conforms to the general opinion of what the word-- that is used to name that form-- means, to responsible users of that word. If the meaning that responsible users of that word is an acceptable approximation of its meaning to responsible listeners, then that meaning approximates the "essence" of that form. Of course, there can never be a perfect agreement between the actual or ideal meaning of a word and the various versions of that meaning in people's minds, but in communicating ideas we should try to convey it; we should try to make the ideal descriptive meaning, "essence", come as close as possible to the "existent" properties of the form. Precision and accuracy in naming and describing are critical to the scientific method.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    existence is life essence is your soul lol if you have one

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