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This front matter section of this book titled The Historiographical Concept 'System of Philosophy': its origin, nature, influence and legitimacy contains a list of illustrations, acknowledgements, abbreviations, citations and preface. The history of philosophy has a history of its own, as far as it is possible to identify the emergence of the discipline in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and to trace the development of several methods employed by historians of philosophy in these and subsequent centuries. The present work has two aims, which can be seen in the light of this interpretation of ?historiography?. The first is to identify the origin, nature and influence of the historiographical concept ?system of philosophy?, employed as a methodological tool in the history of philosophy. The second is to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of this historiographical concept.

Keywords: historiography; philosophy



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