Tuesday, November 4, 2014

UPDATE: Graphic on history of philosophy

UPDATE, Nov 4: Cook has created a second graphic depicting the history of Eastern philosophy.

Merrill Cook has created this very attractive graphic charting the history of philosophy. Do feel free to display and disseminate.


5 comments:

  1. Any selection like the one in this poster will be a subject of criticism, but this one is shockingly male and Eurocentric. Although there is a fairly large number of philosophers, there isn't a single woman or a philosopher outside of what is considered to be the Western world.

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  2. Yes, I was excited to see the graphic, but disappointed when I saw the cast of characters. I would not use this with my all female and forty per cent minority philosophy students, unless I really was trying to tell them "there's no place for you in this discipline."

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  3. The limitations of the poster have also been discussed at Feminist Philosophers. See http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/the-history-of-philosophy-as-a-giant-poster-but-without-women-again/

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  4. I'd like an updated version of this poster. Below the all-male narrow vertical block there would be a branching out into a much wider horizontal block highlighting many contemporary female philosophers in all subareas of philosophy. The space to the right and left of the all-male vertical block above would be pixelated and on top of that lettered in large font: "Thought and thinkers dismissed and denied." That would still not correct the problem of excluding known historical female voices in philosophy. But it would make a point worth making.

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  5. Misspelled names. E.g. Anaximes and Hericllitus (sic).

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