Graphing the history of Philosophy

A break from writing and researching my Current Novel to bring this old You Tube post. from 13 Apr 2014

This Video is a personal reaction to a wonderful resource created by
SImon Raper and posted on his blog ´Drunks and Lampposts´Graphing the history of philosophy

The Graph takes information tagged in the Wikipedia philosophy portal and graphs it to produce a map of philosophers the broad school they are identified with and the quantum of their influence is denoted by the size of their node point.

It really is a wonderful piece of work.

There are anomalies which produce surprises for instance the weighting of influence reflects clearly the fashion for philosophy in libertarian circles recently and their adeptness at on line media communication Stefan Molleneaux appearing is an example of this and to a lesser extent Murray Rothbard, thats not a slight on either of them but an observation as to why they appear significantly in this presentation.

I played some of Holsts planets suite performed by the US airforce band in the back ground for some of my browsing the graph this is from a wonderful free and open source music site which is well worth book marking.and signing up to.ödel,_Escher,_Bachüngédéric_Bastiat

Some of the names I mentioned or was looking for in the graph.

The Last link is to Professor Daniel Robinson to who I owe my basic grounding in history of philosophy and his excellent series of videos.

Various articles appeared in and around the web and in the dead tree media back in 2012 when this graph was first published. Anyone looking for the answer, or the universal answer or the key to Knowledge might like to reflect that schools of thought often compete for prominence and even power and many become corrupted by that Lust for power. Thoughts become suppressed and censorship is the first resort of a closing mind.
This is the discussion on Linked in that prompted this post which is not unrelated to the research currently for my Novel.
  • @ Carlo ((. ''today is importatont having the copyright of the truth for one day''. (So I moved to theoretical physics.).))The copyright on the truth has to be one of the best lines ever. An aphorism for my Grandchildren no less. On Kants Genius, or anyone elses for that matter I think one has to seperate the ideas from the man, Genius is a projection that we make on others or collectively onto individuals as such it is a metric of EGO. We are all fallable and Montaigne pricks the bubble of pomposity so well with. ''"Les rois et philosophes merde-et ainsi de faire des dames." I have not read every philosopher, that is not possible. Kant is one of the philosophers who I have read more of than most and irt is fair to say there is rather more Kant than some of the others. Kant is also delivered by his own hand in his own words and from relatively modern times in modern language which is not the case for Socrates for instance. (cont..)
  • Roger Lewis
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    Roger Lewis Posting seems problematical today? is it the Linked in servers?

  • Sonnet V

    Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
    The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
    Will play the tyrants to the very same
    And that unfair which fairly doth excel;
    For never-resting time leads summer on
    To hideous winter, and confounds him there;
    Sap checked with frost, and lusty leaves quite gone,
    Beauty o'er-snowed and bareness every where:
    Then were not summer's distillation left,
    A liquid prisoner pent in walls of glass,
    Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft,
    Nor it, nor no remembrance what it was:
       But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet,
       Leese but their show; their substance still lives sweet.


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