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The Concept ‘System Of Philosophy’: The Case Of Jacob Brucker’s Historiography Of Philosophy

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The concept ?system of philosophy? has had very wide currency in the modern period as a primary way of writing the history of philosophy. This chapter examines the work of a thinker who was crucially instrumental in developing this concept and using it to write the history of philosophy, the German historian Johann Jacob Brucker. It argues that Brucker?s criteria for characterizing a philosophy as ?syncretistic? or ?eclectic? are intimately linked to his concept ?system of philosophy?, and that this concept ?system of philosophy? for this reason is more central to Brucker?s historiography of philosophy than has been recognized so far. The chapter outlines the meanings assigned by Brucker to the concept ?system of philosophy? as a historiographical tool with universal validity in the history of philosophy. It explains how this methodological device was applied in his categorizations of various past philosophers as being ?syncretistic? or ?eclectic?.

Keywords: eclecticism; historiography; Johann Jacob Brucker; system of philosophy



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