May I say that ontology studies "being qua being", while the sciences study "entity qua entity" ?

I ask this because I don't understand how ontology could study the "entity qua entity", taking into account that the sciences study all the entities and their properties, as we can observe in chemistry and physics, for example.

  • I made some edits which you may roll back or continue editing. Welcome to Philosophy! – Frank Hubeny Mar 12 '19 at 1:21
  • As for many philosophical terms, it is hard to have a clearcut definition of Ontology : "As a first approximation, ontology is the study of what there is." A modern approach to ontology is based on the connection with logic; see e.g. Nino Cocchiarella, Formal Ontology and Conceptual Realism, (Springer, 2007). – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Mar 12 '19 at 8:16
  • I'd agree with your thinking. The trouble is, as Heidegger notes, even philosophers tend to study 'beings' rather than 'Being'. . , – user20253 Mar 12 '19 at 12:03
  • See The Subject Matter of Aristotle’s Metaphysics for comemnts on Aristotle’s description "the study of being qua being’". – Mauro ALLEGRANZA Mar 12 '19 at 12:11
  • Don't chemistry and physics only study physical and chemical properties of entities, and not properties of entities as such? It might help to explain what "qua" means to you, this Aristotelian term is very vague and antiquated. Aristotle himself at places denies that "science of being qua being" is possible, see The Oxford Handbook of Aristotle. – Conifold Mar 12 '19 at 13:22

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