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Topic order[edit]

Perhaps the topics and names should be listed alphabetically instead of chronologically? Or maybe both? I'm not sure either is a good idea, I'm just curious if that would help people who know the name but not the history of philosophy (ie, where the person would stand in the order). The fact that it's chronological isn't immediately obvious as is. If there was a way to switch between alphabetical and chronological sorting (a technical possibility), that might be best. I think it should be seriously considered. Just my 2¢. I'm not sure of how that would be implemented in Wikipedia. Thoughts on either the usefulness or practicality on such an update? Anyone?  CKBrown1000 talk  18:16, 14 November 2011 (UTC)


Regarding this revert, we're not supposed to have links to WikiProjects from the article namespace (this template is meant for us in the article namespace). The article namespace is meant for the readers not the editors. Emmette Hernandez Coleman (talk) 13:27, 6 April 2013 (UTC)

First of all, our readers are our editors. Secondly, there is no policy against providing inter-namespace links. There are a lot of templates that have these. Please don't remove them. Greg Bard (talk) 14:05, 6 April 2013 (UTC)
I agree with Emmette Hernandez Coleman, but have compromised by keeping the main link to the task force. the recent changes and discussion links are excessive. Frietjes (talk) 19:02, 7 April 2013 (UTC)

Notable Philosophers[edit]

I'm creating this section to house discussion of whether particular individuals are noteworthy enough as philosophers to be included in this template. Below I've bolded the figures I'm removing and italicizing those I think would be good candidates for removal, but am leaving for now:

Saul Alinsky - Known as a community organizer, not a political philosopher. Although he contributed a popular book for grass-roots organizing in the US, setting the bar there would permit the inclusion of too many similar figures.

B. R. Ambedkar - Mostly known as a politician, not a thinker. He did have a sizable academic output so I'm not removing him today, however this would put him on par with dozens of other academics with arguably more influence in the field.

Jawaharlal Nehru - Predominately known as a politician, not a political theorist. His continued inclusion would require the inclusion of innumerable intelligent and well-read politicians from the world over.

Milovan Djilas - Primarily a political dissident. He does have some theory credentials, but his literary output is not particularly philosophical in style or substance.

Robert Michels - Although a credible addition as an intellectual, he does not seem notable enough to deserve inclusion in the template compared to many who are absent and more influential.

John Ruskin - An accomplished and successful writer and thinker, but not really known or widely influential for his political or social writings.

There are a few other contemporary thinkers who I would hesitate to include because it opens the floodgates to dozens of other equally prominent contemporary academics, but for now I've left those theorists in the template. 2607:FEA8:620:4F2:40BF:E5D1:F77F:BE40 (talk) 00:53, 4 January 2018 (UTC)