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a·se·i·ty

 (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.]

aseity

(eɪˈsiːɪtɪ)
n
(Philosophy) philosophy existence derived from itself, having no other source
[C17: from Medieval Latin aseitas, from Latin ā from + oneself]
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A final section surveys other metaphysical and moral proofs, such as On God, Creator of the Soul and the Body, and Author of Their Life by Jacque-Benigne Bossuet; and The Argument from Universal Aseity by Andre-Pierre Le Guay de Premontval.
Thus, ipseity is aseity because the thing does not rely on anything else (Nancy, The Sense of the World 155-157).
(27) This recourse, however, either will sacrifice divine aseity on the altar of Platonism or else seems to yield the palm of victory to the anti-Platonist.
For Anselm, this hierarchy of participation is grounded in the two key Neoplatonist attributes of the Supreme Good, simplicity and aseity. Both of these can be deduced from the existence of plurality in the world.
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.