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 (ə-sē′ĭ-tē, ā-, -sā′-)
n. Philosophy
The state or quality of existing in and of oneself, without external cause.

[Medieval Latin āsēitās : Latin ā, by, from, of + Latin , himself, herself, itself (in the Scholastic descriptive phrase used of God, (ēns) ā sē, (something existing) from itself, of itself; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots) + Latin -itās, -ity; see -ity.]


(Philosophy) philosophy existence derived from itself, having no other source
[C17: from Medieval Latin aseitas, from Latin ā from + oneself]
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This "on its own," or aseity, which Anselm phrases as a se (from one's self), is the key.
Specific topics include medieval developments, modern criticisms and revisions, dogmatics and analytical philosophy, divine aseity, divine immutability, and divine simplicity and the Trinity.
For Anselm, this hierarchy of participation is grounded in the two key Neoplatonist attributes of the Supreme Good, simplicity and aseity.
As an expression and embodiment of divine aseity, pre-Vatican II simplicity resisted an ideational approach to theology.
These actions are merely possible and not necessary to preserve divine aseity and freedom.
In addition, these pure perfections include many characteristics which are neither found in beings of all categories nor in beings of a certain category as such: for example life (there are non-living substances), personhood (there are impersonal plants and animals), knowledge, wisdom, justice, and love, all of which are exclusively found in persons, and all exclusively divine perfections such as omniscience, necessary real existence, aseity, etc.
The principle of the world's future ending is built upon the transcendence and aseity of God.
Igor Agostini ('Caterus on God as "ens a se"') maintains that the Cartesian view of positive divine aseity was criticized by Caterus not for its original and unheard of character but rather because it was an attempt to resurrect a view that had already been shown to be untenable (since involving a contradiction).
The distinction between God's substance and energy is necessary to explain the tact that God in his aseity is totally beyond nature and being but still, at the same time, intimately close to the realm of creation.
Creativity seeks to place the symbol of God both at the center of novel realities in the natural world, while preserving the complete mystery of the aseity of God.
She draws heavily on the sin of aseity, the belief that one can rise above God, or--in the environmentalist framework--that one can rise above nature.
The technical term for the state of self-derivation ascribed to divinity is aseity.