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A Conceptual Framework

Christopher Stead

in Divine Substance

Published in print June 1977 | ISBN: 9780198266303
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683015 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198266303.003.0001
A Conceptual Framework

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The concept of substance first emerges in the history of the Greek word ousia. But the historical development can hardly be grasped without some preliminary sketch of the logical patterns involved. This chapter attempts such a sketch. From the standpoint of etymology, ousia means ‘being’; it is the abstract noun connected with the verb ‘to be’. As such it combines some logical features which are common to abstract nouns with others belonging to the verb ‘to be’. These are considered in turn.

Keywords: abstract nouns; ousia; substance; being

Chapter.  9673 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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