Sdorrance is the username for real-person Sam Dorrance. To see what I have been up to lately on Wikipedia, check my contributions


  • Falsificationism Looking for comments on lead.
  • Optimism should have a separate page that focuses on the philosophical idea of optimism and distinguishes the philosophical view from "positive thinking" and other everyday uses of the word.
  • Philosophy of social science, has some okay points but requires elaboration on Wittgenstein and Winch, perhaps other linguistic critiques, whether logical positivist or postmodernist.
  • Exchange value needs to be redone, it shouldn't be under 'Marxist theory'- although it's an important component of Marxist theory it's also vital for all economics. That said the article's weight on Marx is also absurd.
  • German Idealism and the articles related to it may need to be rewritten or expanded to avoid undue weight on Arthur Schopenhauer.
  • Protected values first section confuses right action and values and needs a copy edit, moving and wikifying
  • Quality (philosophy) needs a more clear explanation.
  • Socratic dialogues could do with some tidying and clarification. See the talk page for one suggested change.
  • Problem of universals: The introductory definition is (perhaps) fixed. But, the article is poor. Check out the German version.
  • Teleology: the article is shallow and inconsistent.
  • Existentialism: the quality of this article varies wildly and is in desperate need of expert attention.
  • Analytic philosophy This is a very major topic, but still has several sections which are stubs, and several topics which are not covered.
  • Lifeworld A philosophical concept that seems to have fallen exclusively into the hands of the sociologists. Could use some attention; it's a major and complex issue in phenomenology.
  • Perception Needs the attention of philosophically minded Wikipedians. This is only the start of an overhaul of perception and related articles.

I am a 22 year old college graduate who lives and works in the Northeast. Although I have a busy schedule, I am consistently more and more interested in Wikipedia and other Wiki-projects and so I am trying to get myself more familiar and more involved as a somewhat-active member of the community. I don't really like cell-phones, or phones of any kind. Peace and quiet and solitude suit me fine now that college is over.


Although I was educated at the College of Wooster, at which the philosophy department is largely dedicated to the Analytic tradition, I maintain a broad interest that transcends the analytic/continental boundary - limited only by my distaste for Plato and Ayn Rand. My Junior Thesis was a Kantian critique of development aid, and my Senior Thesis was the critical development of a Heideggerian philosophical theology. Thus, most of my contributions to Wikipedia are to be found in places where philosophy or a specific theory is at issue. In addition, I am a dedicated editor and so clear, well written articles are my end goal, regardless of the time it takes, or whether it is my writing that is poor instead of another's.

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  The Barnstar of High Culture
Thank you for your great contributions to Kyoto school. I placed it on the WikiProject Philosophy Things-to-do list, and less than a month later I see that you have significantly improved and expanded the article. Thank you for all your contributions, and keep up the good work! Nishkid64 17:45, 14 October 2006 (UTC)

Crap to relieve my scattered brain:Edit

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