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What is the meaning of existence?

We cannot undertake to define being without falling into [an] absurdity: for we cannot define a word without beginning with the word it is, either expressed or understood. To define being therefore, ...
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Do meanings of statements exist?

Meaning comes from the shared use of words in the relationships between people. Meaning is the resulting shared concepts invoked in peoples' minds. Materialism posits that these people, the modes of ...
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What is the meaning of existence?

The proper derivation is as follows (from my computer dictionary): late 16th century: from French exister, or from Latin existere, from ex- 'out, outside of' + sistere ‘set up, cause to stand’. So '...
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Aquinas on the relation between essence, being, and existence

Well, I'm not sure if I understand your question. Thomas is equating essence with entity (ens, entis), not with being (esse). Entities participate in the actus essendi (= what you call existence, ...
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Do meanings of statements exist?

No, it does not rely on a misunderstanding of the word "exist". Meanings exist in the normal everyday sense of the word. Ask anyone who is not trained in materialist philosophy. Meanings ...
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What is the meaning of existence?

My answer is that to exist, means to be an object in the domain of discourse.
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What is the meaning of existence?

Greek υπαρχει : υπ-αρχει : υπό-αρχη : under the (first) principle/order.
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Aquinas on the relation between essence, being, and existence

While @Ian answer is incredibly accurate, I would like to paint a similar yet differing view regarding the matter of esse as an effect of essence. First, to support his answer, we do see ...
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Certainty for the existence of tomorrow?

It is not possible to be 100% certain of anything that is not a logical necessity, which includes all statements about the nature of physical reality. The quest for certain knowledge about the real ...
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