International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Conceptual Trends in the History of Systems Philosophy
Robert Drury King

This article charts the history of the concept of system in order to establish a set of conceptual trends in the philosophy of systems. Establishing the importance of the German Idealists, and especially Hegel, in this history, we then focus on the system of Leibniz since he marks a decisive turn toward the problem of individuation within the systematic, ontological immanence so important to Hegel and later, Gilles Deleuze. We also concentrate on the Kantian system, however, because the system ontologies of Hegel and Deleuze are defined most clearly as post-Kantian projects. Finally, the article defines the problem of “system individuation” as a recent historical trend in systems philosophy, a project unique to both Hegel and Deleuze.

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