I've struggled for a while as to what traditionally is accepted as philosophy within a tradition. Without knowing a philosopher's background is there a way to tell if that philosopher stands with a specific tradition (so as to say, remove their history and develop judgement based solely on their writing)?
For instance, if we talk about era's of painting I can tell, with a fair likelihood, what era it came from without knowing an artist, or possibly when a painting was painted, based on my knowledge of art history. It doesn't appear philosophy can be reflected upon in the same way to identify traditions.
Rewording: Is there a means, by which, to judge a piece of writing by the style in which it is written, and identify a tradition, possibly without knowing who wrote it or when it was written?