Draft:The Unemployed Philosophers Guild

  • Symbol opinion vote.svg Comment: VERY close.. The recent addition of content summarized from reliable sources helps considerably from where it was before. I'd say that one, maybe two, more sources that aren't interviews and have more comprehensive coverage would do it. In fact, I would suggest removing some of the content sourced from interviews, as interviews are primary sources and don't provide enough secondary balance to the article. Some of the other sources are good, but Unemployed Philosopher's Guild is only mentioned as a sidenote in them, which is useful in an article, but not for establishing notability. Waggie (talk) 06:00, 26 January 2020 (UTC)

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild is a novelty gift company founded in 1989, and based in Brooklyn, NY.[1][2][3]


The Unemployed Philosophers Guild was founded by brothers Stephan and David Shaw whose first creations were baked clay pins of famous philosophers and other historical figures.[4] They now design and manufacture various novelty gifts featuring philosophers, artists, and pop-culture figures, including Little Thinker dolls,[5] Secular Saint Candles[6] Magnetic Personality finger puppets, and Freudian Slippers.[7]

The Unemployed Philosophers Guild holds licenses to manufacture products for Dr. Who, DC Comics, Star Trek, Bob Ross, and various others. They are exhibitors each year at the NY NOW trade show, and New York Comic Con.[8]


In 2010 Rajan Zed, a Hindu chaplain based in Nevada, issued the Philosophers Guild a statement voicing disapproval of the shop's Shiva and Ganesh puppets.[9][10] The complaint was raised again in 2018, prompting the Field Museum in Chicago to remove the products from their shelves.[11][12]

In 2011 The Unemployed Philosophers Guild was sued by the manufacturer 3M over their use of the suffix "-it" on their products Jeez-its, Bush-its, Femin-its, Buddh-its and other sticky notes.[13][14]

In 2011 The University of Tennessee bookstore in Knoxville removed the Philosophers Guild product Obama “Disappoint-mints” from their shelves at the urging of then Democratic congressman Joe Armstrong.[15][16][17]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Revkin, Andrew C. (2006-01-10). "On the Bright Side, Coffee Will Never Get Cold". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  3. ^ "The Remix; Thoughtful Gifts".
  4. ^ Sengupta, Somini (1996-11-17). ". . . While Men Of Philosophy Market Pillows". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  5. ^ "Bye, Barbie. Hello female LEGO paleontologist as a girl's favourite new toy". Metro. 2014-08-09. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  6. ^ "Secular saints, folk saints and plain old celebrities". Religion News Service. 2019-01-31. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  7. ^ GrossJanuary 24, Max; 2003. "Sometimes a Gift Is Just a Gift — or Is It?". The Forward. Retrieved 2019-05-17.
  8. ^ "The Unemployed Philosophers Guild - View All Exhibitors - New York Comic Con - October 3 - 6, 2019 - Javits Center". www.newyorkcomiccon.com. 2018-10-08. Retrieved 2019-05-20.[dead link]
  9. ^ "DUMBO puppets irk Hindus".
  10. ^ "Brooklyn Puppets Offend Nevada Hindu Group".
  11. ^ "Field Museum halts sale of 'insensitive' Hindu deity doll".
  12. ^ "Field Museum Stops Selling Doll Depicting Hindu God".
  13. ^ "Darn it: 3M, philosophers lawyer up".
  14. ^ "3M Sues Philosophers over Use of "-It"".
  15. ^ "Satirical Mints Poking Fun at President Obama Yanked From Tennessee Bookstore".
  16. ^ "A Bit Too Sensitive, Perhaps".
  17. ^ "University of Tennessee bookstore pulls Obama-mocking breath mints".