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1. Definition

A system is both a way of organizing knowledge and knowledge about order (Knowledge, organization of). The tradition of the summa in medieval Scholasticism (e.g. the Summa theologica of Thomas Aquinas and the Summa logicae of William of Ockham) extended into the first centuries of the early modern period in a multitude of attempts to present a unity of thought and of the world systematically. Of cour…

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Eckert, Georg, “System”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_028583>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20220831

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