Diagramming Philosophy

Kevin Scharp of The University of Ohio philosophy department makes diagrams of the history of western philosophy. Scharp is a “big fan of diagrams” and he sure has created some gigantic diagrams. They’re abnormally interesting but be patient. Even with a fairly fast internet connection, they take some time to download. The largest of them is over 20 feet long when rendered in 12 point type.
He bases his the two most gigantic diagrams on Randall Collins’ The Sociology of Philosophies: A Global Theory of Intellectual Change. But I doubt that any single person, including Collins, is capable of fully critiquing these diagrams. At best, it would take a team effort. I do think I found one problem. Collingwood seems to just sit in the middle of nowhere without influences and with nothing influenced. But then, this may not really be a problem with the diagram.
A personal note: For several reasons philosophy is not one of my official abnormal interests. But that doesn’t mean that I’m not interested in it. Both our children are employed professional philosophers and it would be more than a little difficult to avoid philosophy even if I wanted too. The main reasons I don’t discuss it much here are that it requires a lot of reading and thinking that would interfere with other things I like to read and think about and I have no desire to play the amateur in the same sandbox as my professional offspring. When I was working, I spent a lot of time on airplanes. About three trips to the Far East and one to Europe every quarter provides lots time to read philosophy and I took advantage of it.
Via Leiter Reports: A Philosophy Blog