So I recently posted this question:

Looking at quantum physics from the perspective of Indian philosophy?

And got quite upset when the answerer makes claims like: "There's no evidence that Hindu mathematicians developed even a rudimentary theory of (mathematical) probability"

See: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/B978044451862050037X

Coming from a background of colonisation where there was an active attempt to erase and downplay our heritage I'd like to ask how should I proceed to ensure these misgivings do not find their place atleast on this site.

  • An old question ... much rarer nowadays unfortunately
    – Rushi
    Sep 8, 2023 at 14:46

1 Answer 1


Tricky one this one. Because of the language of this site, there is quite a lot of anglocentricism - other philosophical traditions need English language advocates in order to have an impact in anglophonic scholarly cultures.

A key motivating factor in present reinvigoration of philosophical traditions of other languages is exactly their independence from hegemonic English traditions, because the English tradition has historically not been very welcome to alternative foundations.

I think your respondent is basically saying “well nobody told us”. A natural rejoinder is “we did, you just weren’t listening”, but sadly to the current generation of anglophonic philosophers, this is active research rather than history exactly because of the historic intransigence of past scholars.

So I think you’re right, but you have to situate this in a deeply problematic philosophical culture; in that context, there is probably not a lot of existing support for the positions you’re looking for.

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