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The term ?historiography? can take up a variety of meanings. In the following, the term is understood as the history and method of a given historical discipline, in this case the history of philosophy. This introductory chapter 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. History of philosophy, Johann Jacob Brucker stated, is a legitimate part of philosophy, if the historian of philosophy is able to account of past thinkers in a systematic mode. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Keywords: historiography; Johann Jacob Brucker; moral philosophy



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