Jacob Brucker (1696-1770) established the history of philosophy as a philosophical discipline in the 1740s. In order to separate this new discipline from other historical disciplines, he introduced the historiographical concept ‘system of philosophy’. The historian of philosophy should use this concept as a criterion of inclusion of past philosophies, and as an ideal form of exposition. The present book describes the origin of this historiographical notion, its implicit Protestant assumptions, and it traces the concept’s impact upon the methods of history of philosophy and history of ideas, as developed over the following centuries. Finally, it discusses the concept’s strenghts and weaknesses as a historiographical tool, arguing that it ought to be given up.
The Historiographical Concept 'System of Philosophy'
Maximilian Sternberg, University of Cambridge
In Cistercian Architecture and Medieval Society Max Sternberg offers an account of the social functions of the built environment in medieval monasticism, focusing in particular on the white order of the Languedoc in the 13th century.
Offering a systematic analysis of texts produced between the court of Burgundy in the 1470s and the court of the Austrian Habsburgs in the early 1700s, this book traces the development of the idea of successful and competent political behaviour as seen through the eyes of court historians ...
Edited by Asaph Ben-Tov, University of Erfurt, Yaacov Deutsch, David Yellin College, and Tamar Herzig, Tel Aviv University
This collection of essays examines interplays of knowledge and religion in early modern thought. Spanning from the sixteenth to the eighteenth century, it considers varied formations of knowledge and religion, knowledge about religion(s) and irreligious knowledge in early modern Europe.
Lambert van Velthuysen. Edited and translated by Malcolm de Mowbray. With an introduction by Catherine Secretan, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France)
The Letter on the Principles of Justness and Decency (1651) by Lambert van Velthuysen deduces the nature of virtue and vice and the right to punish crimes from the Hobbesian principle of self-preservation.
Edited by Marco Sgarbi, Villa I Tatti. The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Florence
The present volume collects seventeen case studies that characterize the various kinds of translationes of the European culture of the last two and a half millennia from ancient Greece to Rome, from the Medieval world to the Renaissance up to the Modernity.
Edited by Andrea Moudarres, University of California and Christiana Purdy Moudarres, University of California
This volume aims to assess the longstanding debate over the role played by the Italian Renaissance in shaping the modern Western worldview.
Wiep van Bunge, Erasmus University Rotterdam
In Spinoza Past and Present Wiep van Bunge explores various aspects of Spinoza’s works and the often conflichting ways in which the Dutch philosopher’s views have been interpreted from the seventeenth century onwards.
Edited by Eric Jorink, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, and Dirk van Miert, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands
This volume describes how Isaac Vossius (1618-1689) rose to fame in the fascinating world of seventeenth-century scholarship and science.
Fredrik Thomasson, Uppsala University
This intellectual biography of Johan David Åkerblad (1763–1819) presents a new account of the decipherment of ancient Egyptian. Oriental and classical studies and their entwinement in the turbulent politics of this age of Revolutions are presented from a novel perspective.
Edited by Matthew Rampley, University of Birmingham, Thierry Lenain, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Hubert Locher, Philipps University, Marburg, Andrea Pinotti, Università degli Studi, Milan, Charlotte Schoell-Glass, University of Hamburg, and Kitty Zijlmans, Leiden University
This book undertakes a critical survey of art history across Europe, examining the recent conceptual and methodological concerns informing the discipline as well as the political, social and ideological factors that have shaped its development in specific national contexts.
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