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Timeline of Eastern philosophers

Timeline of Eastern | Western philosophers

This is a wide-ranging alphabetical list of philosophers from the Eastern traditions of philosophy, with special interest in Indo-Chinese philosophy. The list stops at the year 1950, after which philosophers fall into the category of contemporary philosophy.


Chinese philosophersEdit

Ancient Chinese philosophersEdit

Before 256 BCE (until the end of the Zhou dynasty)Edit

475–221 BCE (Warring States period)Edit

221 BCE – 220 CE (Qin, Han and Xin dynasties)Edit

220 CE – 907 CE (Three Kingdoms period to Tang dynasty)Edit

907–1368 (Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period to Yuan dynasty)Edit

1368–1912 (Ming and Qing dynasties)Edit

Modern Chinese philosophersEdit


Indian philosophersEdit

Ancient Indian philosophersEdit

Early Vedic age 1500-800BCE (Saptarishi)Edit

Late Vedic age 800–400 BCE (Sectarianism)Edit

321–184 BCE (Maurya Empire)Edit

184 BCE–100 CE (Early Middle Kingdoms Begin – The Golden Age)Edit

100–300 (Cholas, Cheras, Pandavas and Kushan Empire)Edit

300–550 (Gupta Empire)Edit

600–900 (Late Middle Kingdoms – The Classical Age)Edit

900–1100 (The Islamic Sultanates)Edit

  • Abhinavagupta (c. 975–1025)
  • Atiśa (c. 980-1054) He was one of the major figures in the spread of Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism in Asia and inspired Buddhist thought from Tibet to Sumatra
  • Udayana (c. 10th century) he was a very important Hindu logician who attempted to reconcile the views held by the two major schools of logic (Nyaya and Vaisheshika).
  • Ramanuja (c. 1017–1137) — founder of Vishishtadvaita or Qualified Non-dualism

1100–1500 (Vijaynagara Empire and Delhi Sultanate)Edit

1500–1800 (Mughal Empire, Rajput Kingdoms and Marahtha Confederacy Era)Edit

Modern Indian philosophersEdit

1800–1947 (Colonial and Postcolonial Era)Edit

Japanese philosophersEdit

Ancient Japanese philosophersEdit

Until 1185 CE (until the end of the Heian period)Edit

1185–1333 (Kamakura period)Edit

1333–1867 (Muromachi period to Edo period)Edit

Modern Japanese philosophersEdit


Korean philosophersEdit

Ancient Korean philosophersEdit

Until 676 CE (until the end of the Three Kingdoms period)Edit

676–935 (Unified Silla period)Edit

935–1392 (Goryeo period)Edit

1392–1910 (Joseon period)Edit

Modern Korean philosophersEdit


Tibetan philosophersEdit

See alsoEdit


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