Visualizing Genealogies of Philosophy

On: June 13, 2007
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About Michael Stevenson
I am a lecturer and PhD candidate in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. I've been a contributor to Masters of Media since 2006, though I now only post occasionally. A short list of papers and projects can be found here


I remember feeling completely lost in my first-year philosophy course – the feeling never really goes away – and wanting some kind of map of the territory or overview . This tool maps philosophers’ influences, and while users can’t update the influences, the author suggests that could happen in the future. (Also neat, rolling over a name gives a short introduction.) A view from Foucault: Foucault influences -

3 Responses to “Visualizing Genealogies of Philosophy”
  • June 13, 2007 at 12:31 pm

    Very nice, however I couldn’t find out what the ‘influence’ is based on?

  • June 13, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    It slightly reminds me of this other tool WikiMindMap which brings a mindmap structure to Wikipedia articles. I would love to see this tool expanded to see relations between articles (eg a link from Foucault to Deleuze):

  • June 13, 2007 at 4:41 pm

    Thanks for the post.

    I wrote more about how I defined influence at the “suggests” link above.

    Some related Wikipedia visualizations (that pull live data):



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