Larry Sanger

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Larry Sanger
Larry Sanger

Larry Sanger, born Lawrence Mark Sanger on July 16, 1968 in Bellevue, Washington and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, was employed by Jimmy Wales with Bomis, founder of Nupedia and Wikipedia, as Editor-in-Chief of Nupedia. Sanger co-founded Wikipedia alongside Wales; however, Wales rejects this reality entirely and claims that he is the sole founder of Wikipedia on the sole basis that Sanger worked for him even though the concept of Wikipedia sprang from the mind of Sanger. He proposed it, and his proposition directly led to the creation of the website. Sanger was the only paid editor of Wikipedia, a status he held from January 15, 2001, until his resignation on March 1, 2002. Sanger received his B.A. in philosophy from Reed College in 1991 and Ph.D. in philosophy from Ohio State University in 2000. His doctoral thesis concerned Epistemic Circularity: An Essay on the Problem of Meta-Justification.



Sanger was hired as editor-in-chief of Nupedia by Wales' company, Bomis. Responding to frustrations with the slow progress of Nupedia, in January 2001 Sanger proposed the creation of a wiki to spur the development of articles, and the result of this proposal was Wikipedia. By virtue of his position with Nupedia, Sanger spearheaded and named the project, and formulated much of the original policy.


For the next year, Sanger continued to work on and promote both the Nupedia and Wikipedia projects until Bomis had to discontinue funding for his position in February 2002. Sanger resigned as editor-in-chief of Nupedia and as "chief organizer" of Wikipedia (he never claimed an official title) shortly thereafter. [1] ( Sanger's stated reason for ending his participation in Wikipedia and Nupedia as a volunteer were that he could not do justice to the task as a part-time volunteer; later [2] ( he admitted that there had existed "a certain poisonous social or political atmosphere in the project" which had also accounted for his departure. Nupedia made little progress without his leadership and shut down the following year, but Wikipedia continued to grow and gain momentum.

In December 2004 Sanger wrote a critical article for the website Kuro5hin. [3] ( While claiming "to appreciate the merits of Wikipedia fully" and to know and support "the mission and broad policy outlines of Wikipedia very well," Sanger maintained that there are serious problems with the project. There was, he wrote, a lack of public perception of credibility, and the project put "difficult people, trolls, and their enablers" into too much prominence; these problems, he maintained, were a feature of the project's "anti-elitism, or lack of respect for expertise." The article was the subject of much controversy in the blogosphere and led to some reaction in the news media as well.

After Wikipedia

Meanwhile, Sanger has rejoined the academic world and is currently a lecturer at Ohio State University, where he teaches philosophy courses. His professional interest is epistemology with concentrations in early modern philosophy and ethics. In his spare time, he plays and teaches Irish traditional music on the fiddle in Columbus and Dayton, Ohio.

Sanger was the founder and executive editor of "Sanger's Review of Y2K News Reports" (formerly at [4] (, a resource for Y2K watchers, and also manages a site about the Donegal fiddle tradition.

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