This template is used to provide biographical information on anyone who might be considered a philosopher. This template is generally superseded by officeholder templates (if the philosopher held political or other public office; e.g. Alan Greenspan).
The HTML markup produced by this template includes an hCard microformat, which makes the person's details parsable by computers, either acting automatically to catalogue articles across Wikipedia or via a browser tool operated by a reader, to (for example) add the subject to an address book or database. For more information about the use of microformats on Wikipedia, please see the microformat project.