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Will, Joseph Owens goes into this topic in quite some detail. Existence is accidental in everything other than God, however it is not your typical garden variety accident. Per Thomas, some accidents are necessary (a property in the strict sense) that arise from a thing's essence and a thing cannot exist without having them. For example see Walton, William. “The Second Mode of Necessary or Per Se Propositions According to St Thomas Aquinas.” The Modern Schoolman 29(4) (1952): 293-306. Although the accidental esse is not even entirely like a property, since it cannot "arise" from a thing's essence, for it is the accident that makes the essence be in the first place.

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