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Brucker’s Practice I: His Exposition Of Bruno

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This chapter describes the exposition of Bruno and his philosophy in Johann Jacob Brucker?s Historia critica philosophiae. It identifies Brucker?s historiographical concept ?system of philosophy? and its implications in Brucker?s exposition of Bruno?s philosophy. Brucker?s pragmatic explanation for the selective exposition is not entirely convincing. Brucker admits that he had access to Bruno?s works on ?the Lullian art?. According to Brucker, historians of philosophy should not only reconstruct the system of a past philosopher on the basis of his or her writings, but also explain how so-called circumstances influence the philosopher?s system. Brucker offers systematic accounts of Bruno?s De minimo and De immenso, both based on primary sources, he offers a systematic account of De la causa, principio e uno by means of eight placita,allegedly based on Pierre Bayle?s account; finally, Brucker gives a general, systematic account of Bruno?s metaphysics through twenty-three placita, allegedly based on Christoph August Heumann?s interpretation.

Keywords: Bruno's philosophy; Bruno?s philosophy; Johann Jacob Brucker; Lullian art; Pierre Bayle



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