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Jonathan I. Israel

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279227

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279227.001.0001

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The Rise of ‘History of Philosophy’

The Rise of ‘History of Philosophy’

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Enlightenment Contested

Jonathan I. Israel

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses a major but hitherto remarkably little-mentioned new development in the history of European thought — the rise of ‘history of philosophy’, or historia philosophica. It was a crucially important new intellectual tool. The scholars who pioneered this novel study were mostly contemptuous of, and reacting against, the pervasive syncretism and notions of a general harmony of currents, or convergence of prisca sapientia and prisca theologia, which dominated Renaissance conceptions of the previous history of human thought.

Keywords:   Enlightenment, history of philosophy, Renaissance

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