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    Leo Catana (2013). Changing Interpretations of Plotinus: The 18th-Century Introduction of the Concept of a 'System of Philosophy'. International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 7 (1):50-98.
    This article critically explores the history and nature of a hermeneutic assumption which frequently guided interpretations of Plotinus from the 18th century onwards, namely that Plotinus advanced a system of philosophy. It is argued that this assumption was introduced relatively late, in the 18th and 19th centuries, and that it was primarily made possible by Brucker’s methodology for the history of philosophy, dating from the 1740s, to which the concept of a ‘system of philosophy’ was essential. It is observed that (...)
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    Leo Catana (2013). Thomas Taylor's Dissent From Some 18th-Century Views on Platonic Philosophy: The Ethical and Theological Context. International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 7 (2):180-220.
    Thomas Taylor’s interpretation of Plato’s works in 1804 was condemned as guilty by association immediately after its publication. Taylor’s 1804 and 1809 reviewer thus made a hasty generalisation in which the qualities of Neoplatonism, assumed to be negative, were transferred to Taylor’s own interpretation, which made use of Neoplatonist thinkers. For this reason, Taylor has typically been marginalised as an interpreter of Plato. This article does not deny the association between Taylor and Neoplatonism. Instead, it examines the historical and (...)
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  3. Leo Catana (2008). The Historiographical Concept 'System of Philosophy': Its Origin, Nature, Influence, and Legitimacy. Brill.
    Contextualizing the emergence of history of philosophy within eighteenth-century German Enlightenment, this book discusses the philosophical nature of the historiographical concept ‘system of philosophy’ and the concept’s influence upon the methods of history of philosophy and history of ideas.
     
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    Leo Catana (forthcoming). Doxographical or Philosophical History of Philosophy: On Michael Frede's Precepts for Writing the History of Philosophy. History of European Ideas:1-8.
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    Leo Catana (2005). The Concept "System of Philosophy": The Case of Jacob Brucker's Historiography of Philosophy. History and Theory 44 (1):72–90.
    In this essay I examine and discuss the concept “system of philosophy” as a methodological tool in the history of philosophy; I do so in two moves. First I analyze the historical origin of the concept in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Thereafter I undertake a discussion of its methodological weaknesses—a discussion that is not only relevant to the writing of history of philosophy in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, but also to the writing of history of philosophy in our (...)
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    Leo Catana (2016). On Dionysius the Areopagite. Volume 1: Mystical Theology and The Divine Names, Part I. Volume 2: The Divine Names, Part II by Marsilio Ficino. [REVIEW] Journal of the History of Philosophy 54 (2):335-336.
    The volumes under review are of immense value, because they convey to the modern reader how and why one of the most important Renaissance Platonists, Marsilio Ficino, came to regard the writings of one late ancient Platonist, Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, as central to the history of ancient Platonism. The philosopher nowadays known as Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite is the author of four treatises composed in Greek in the late fifth or the sixth century CE: On the Divine Names, On the Celestial (...)
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    Leo Catana (2014). Readings of Platonic Virtue Theories From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: The Case of Marsilio Ficino's De Amore. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (4):680-703.
    It is commonly known that ancient schools of ethics were revived during the Renaissance: The texts pertaining to Platonic, Aristotelian, Stoic and Epicurean ethics were edited, translated and discussed in this period. It is less known that the Renaissance also witnessed a revival of Plotinian ethics, by then perceived as a legitimate form of Platonic ethics. Plotinus' ethics had been transmitted through the Middle Ages through Macrobius' Latin treatise In somnium Scipionis I.8, which relied heavily on Plotinus' student, Porphyry, and (...)
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    Leo Catana (2012). The History of the History of Philosophy, and the Lost Biographical Tradition. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (3):619-625.
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy, Volume 20, Issue 3, Page 619-625, May 2012.
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  9. Leo Catana (forthcoming). Review: Models of the History of Philosophy. Volume II: From Cartesian Age to Brucker, Ed. By Gregorio Piaia and Giovanni Santinello,(International Archives of the History of Ideas, 204). [REVIEW] British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
     
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    Leo Catana (2013). The Origin of the Division Between Middle Platonism and Neoplatonism. Apeiron 46 (2):31-65.
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    Leo Catana (2011). Thomas Taylor as an Interpreter of Plato: An Epigone of Marsilio Ficino? International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 5 (2):303-312.
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    Leo Catana (2014). Readings of Platonic Virtue Theories From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance: The Case of Marsilio Ficino'sDe Amore. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 22 (4):680-703.
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    Leo Catana (2009). Lovejoy's Readings of Bruno: Or How Nineteenth-Century History of Philosophy Was "Transformed" Into the History of Ideas. Journal of the History of Ideas 71 (1):91-112.
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    Leo Catana (2012). Miklós Vassányi, Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy. Intellectual History Review 22 (2):319-321.
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    Leo Catana (2012). Anima Mundi: The Rise of the World Soul Theory in Modern German Philosophy. Intellectual History Review 22 (2):310-312.
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    Leo Catana (2012). Plotinus Historiography. International Journal of the Platonic Tradition 6 (1).
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  17. Leo Catana (2011). Tannery and Duhem on the Concept of a System in the History of Philosophy and History of Science. Intellectual History Review 21 (4):515-531.
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    Leo Catana (2005). The Concept of Contraction in Giordano Bruno's Philosophy. Ashgate Pub..
    Methods facilitating noetic ascent -- Contraction as an ontological concept -- Contraction and noesis -- Contraction and memory -- Physiologically induced contraction -- The scholastic tradition of contraction -- Cusanus and the scholastic tradition of contraction.
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  19. Leo Catana (1999). Vico and Literary Mannerism a Study in the Early Vico and His Idea of Rhetoric and Ingenuity.
     
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  20. Leo Catana (1996). Vico Og Barokkens Retorik.
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