If you were to map out different branches of Philosophy in a hierarchical nature on multiple levels in order to compare them what would some look like or could you point me to a reference that sorts different branches of Philosophy based on a trait into a hierarchy? For example, a hierarchy of Philosophies based on geography might start at western and non-western Philosophies and then within western you have Ancient and Medieval and so on.

Everything I have found so far lists different Philosophies at one or two levels.

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    Pretty close to this question -- philosophy.stackexchange.com/questions/131/…
    – Joseph Weissman
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 2:32
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    Thank you for the link, I surprisingly didn't find it when searching for dupes. I would have thought that question would be tagged with metaphilosophy. I have edited the question to hopefully make it more useful and not overlap the other one. Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 2:55
  • This is an interesting idea. I haven't seen any that covered the breadth of topics/branches which you are looking for but I always thought something like that would be useful. Sounds like a good project. :)
    – stoicfury
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 3:00

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I found this using a GIS for "map of philosophy": enter image description here

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    Seems to say: 'Centuries of philosophy- conclusions: Quine and Feminist Epistemologies' /LOL/ Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 12:59
  • @Tom hahaha, that's hilarious, I just noticed that too. XD
    – stoicfury
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 14:06
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    It's quite good, all things considered.
    – boehj
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 22:36
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    Thank you for posting this and thanks to stoicfury for the link. This is the kind of answer I was interested in. I'm accepting this answer for now but if someone posts a more 'maps' or a more complete one which would include Eastern Philosophies I would accept that. Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 22:58

I was thinking you wanted a visual map for EVERYTHING, but if you only want a rough list then something like this should provide the basics:


See the navigation at the top.

  • the table of contents of an introductory test on philosophy might give some hint, as well as following subject headings in an encyclopedia like wikipedia or the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy](http://plato.stanford.edu/). There is no explicitly written up tree of relations, but one that could be easily constructed.
  • "The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change", by Randall Collins, gives diagram after diagram (and copious explanatory text) of the influences of philosophers and schools on each other. It covers the world (East, West and in between) and from way back when til now (or mid 20th c).
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    As the kids used to say, it will blow your mind. Sort of a history of philosophy plus how it all interrelated. _in pictures! But the font size is a bit small :)
    – Mitch
    Commented Jul 28, 2011 at 23:11

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