User:SelketBot/Vital articles (short)

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This is a list of basic subjects for which Wikipedia should have a corresponding high-quality article, and ideally a featured article. It serves as a centralized watchlist of the current status of some of Wikipedia's most important, essential articles. Articles that are already on Wikipedia:Featured articles are marked with a star (Featured article); articles that are considered Good articles are marked with a green circle (Good article). Articles that are currently stubs or have cleanup tags on them and thus need to be improved as soon as possible are marked in bold.

This list is derived from the English-language version of the Meta page m:List of articles every Wikipedia should have, which origated on Simple Wikipedia as a list to help guide new versions of Wikipedia in making short articles for the most essential topics. Since then, the list has been greatly revised over time, and continues to be changed; current discussions of the list are available at the talk page.

This page has a concise version of the original list. It lists appropriately 1,000 of the most vital Wikipedia articles. A longer, expanded version, similar to the Meta page, is available at Wikipedia:Vital articles/Expanded. This list should have all the same entries as the concise list, plus around 500–1,000 more articles. Consequently, new additions to the list should preferably be proposed first at Wikipedia talk:Vital articles/Expanded. Whether they also merit inclusion on this list can then be discussed.

See also Wikipedia:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/Core topics for another take on the minimal article list.


Philosophers and social scientists[edit]

  1. Good article Thomas Aquinas
  2. Aristotle
  3. Augustine of Hippo
  4. Averroes
  5. Francis Bacon
  6. Jacques Derrida
  7. René Descartes
  8. Émile Durkheim
  9. Sigmund Freud
  10. Milton Friedman
  11. Herodotus
  12. Featured article Hippocrates
  13. Good article David Hume
  14. John Locke
  15. Immanuel Kant
  16. Ibn Khaldun
  17. John Maynard Keynes
  18. Søren Kierkegaard
  19. Good article Martin Luther
  20. Antonio Gramsci
  21. Niccolò Machiavelli
  22. Karl Marx
  23. Friedrich Nietzsche
  24. Plato
  25. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  26. Good article Bertrand Russell
  27. Adam Smith
  28. Socrates
  29. Sun Tzu
  30. Thales
  31. Voltaire
  32. Featured article Max Weber