The semantic experience of what is is so radical and original that it escapes our attention. And yet, it is this experience that enables us to semantically accept all the forms that we had no idea about a priori, that we were incapable of imagining, and that are revealed to us by sensitive experience. This is what gives us the rose as “rose” and, “although we cannot say the rose other than ‘rose’, our experience of it is perfectly distinct and recognizable in its unspeakable, obscure identity”. This obscurity is that what is given to the intelligence is not the very being of essence, but essence as meaning. For if the “semantic presence” of essence comes to intelligence, its reality is only in God (Borella).

See the excerpt from the presentation of the book Jean Borella, la Révolution métaphysique.