Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Philosophy

Tree of knowledge [ edit ]

Hello, I am seeking guidance and help in defining a tree of knowledge to suit Wikipedia. Trees of knowledge have been considered indispensible to encyclopaedias of the past and though Wikipedia has many content trees, it doesn't really have a tree of knowledge. The difficulty here is the focus on the site and content. For instance, Truth, Belief, and Justification are probably going to be too vague to be relevant to Wikipedia. I've had one idea for instance, Fact, Fiction and Theory. But I don't think this is key. I am sure however that a suitable tree can be produced and refined in the Wikipedia fashion to become really important and authoritative. At very least it would provide an interesting method of content browsing.

I don't even have a basis for this tree except that encyclopaedias have done them before, they've been really good for those encyclopaedias, and that we must have one on Wikipedia where it will, eventually, be the best of these trees ever and perhaps even a guide to certain parts of the site such as the content browsing systems.

Can anyone express an interest in creating this tree and/or help me to find relevant resources? (try a websearch for "tree of knowledge", you are not going to find epistemology so, as this is the sort of thing which goes by comparison and review, it is crying out so to speak for guidance and help). Any advice, comments, information, anything, thanks o/~ R.T.G 04:00, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

If you mean something like the Figurative system of human knowledge, there are two directions I could think of investigating. The first is to look at the system of categorization of articles we have. There is a lot of good hierarchical knowledge contained in there. At the very top of the hierarchy, categories get philosophical and the upper ontology Wikipedia has created with its categories is just one take on the problem. The second, for topics lower on the tree, is to look at the outlines (of varying quality) that have been created for various topics; see the Outlines wikiproject. --{{u|Mark viking}} {Talk} 05:03, 29 November 2019 (UTC)
Indeed it is certainly a philosophical topic. Even the most minor approach feels complex. Although I am sure this type of theme has been fluffed out a thousand times, the internet is awash with culture and philosophy, as always, just resting. However, the internet is still new in so many ways, and this is one of them. Don't be afraid of this topic. I am going to gently press for it. It really is overdue and Wikipedia will at least make something interesting out of it if not authoritative and I want to see that in my lifetime (it could take an age to write it and turn out really important so,) Thanks Mark that's spot on. ~ R.T.G 08:58, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

Proposed Merger from Poetic naturalism into Sean M. Carroll [ edit ]

I have proposed a merger from Poetic naturalism into Sean M. Carroll. See the talk page for Poetic naturalism for the discussion. TheGreatConsultingDetective (talk) 03:03, 21 December 2019 (UTC)

Article issues [ edit ]

There are comments at Talk:Jane Addams#Article issues that might be of interest to members. Otr500 (talk) 13:10, 4 January 2020 (UTC)

Merge request [ edit ]

Just want to make you aware of the merge request at Talk:Regress argument#Merge request. Some more opinions would be appreciated. --37KZ (talk) 10:51, 8 January 2020 (UTC)

repeated addition of self-published work in logic articles [ edit ]

Please review the contributions of Mfreeman2222 to articles on logic. I reverted the additions to Logic, but don't have the heart to undo them all, especially if the text is not itself unreasonable. Outriggr (talk) 05:11, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

It’s certainly reasonable to undo them per WP:COI and request that they use an Edit request on the article talk page instead. I’ve welcomed them and added a link to WP:SELFCITE. Mathglot (talk) 05:53, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

Please suggest how I can help. [ edit ]

I am an Undergraduate student studying History and International Relation at the Birkbeck University College London, and one of my modules was social and political studies. You have an interesting wiki-project and as a beginner I would like be part of Wiki-project philosophy, specifically political and social philosophy. Do you have any practical but simple tasks I can do?. --Tohnnysmith (talk) 14:36, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

I often do one of two things to get started and find things to edit:

1. In the sidebar on this page (above, right), click "show" next to "articles by quality." Click one of the lower quality designations ("stub" or "start" class), and it will send you to a long (multi-page) list of articles needing improvement, sorted by importance. Do you see any with which you have some familiarity? You might be able to improve the article. The ones in the low-quality categories are often low-traffic, and some might even have simple copy-editing or clarity needs.

2. Is there a notable book on philosophy that does not have an article (I find that recent books often don't get articles for a few years after release)? You could potentially create the article (NOTE: this would not be a simple task, and I would recommend submitting it as a draft for review. The MOST important tip for creating an article about a book is making sure that you cite reviews in major publications to show the book is actually notable. See Wikipedia:Notability (books)).--MattMauler (talk) 15:38, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

WikiProject History needs people [ edit ]

Hi everyone. I am the new coordinator for WikiProject History. we need people there!! right now the project seems to be semi-inactive. I am going to various WikiProjects whose topics overlap with ours, to request volunteers.

  • If you have any experience at all with standard WikiProject processes such as quality assessment, article help, asking questions, feel free to come by and get involved.
  • and if you have NO Experience, but just want to come by and get involved, feel free to do so!!!
  • Alternately, if you have any interest at all, feel free to reply right here, on this talk page. please ping me when you do so, by typing {{ping|sm8900}} in your reply.

we welcome your input. thanks!! --Sm8900 (talk) 01:56, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

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