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Chart of "Eastern Philosophy"

I'll reproduce here a comment I left on Daily Nous about the newest chart of philosophy from a website called "Super Scholar." The chart is not good, for a number of reasons, from its selection of philosophers and relative emphasis (spending significant detail on Indian philosophy but not East Asian, Islamic, etc. leaves one with the impression that the latter are lacking in development, which is absolutely not true). I chose to focus on the section on Indian philosophy in my comment, which I encourage anyone who may be thinking about using this chart for research to read.


First, this chart would be better served not treating “Eastern philosophy” as a single discrete category. That would allow more space for properly treating the vast histories of philosophy in India, China, Japan, Korea, and so on.  Second, in terms of its treatment of Indian philosophy, I am puzzled by the omission of the Grammarian tradition (Pāṇini, Patañjali, Bhartṛhari…) as well as the Nyāya, who a…