2.8 Beauty

Category: Aesthetics

Keywords: artistic, esthetic, art, aesthetics, poetry, poem, aesthetic, music, artist, critic, literary, arts, musical, beautiful, beauty

Number of Articles: 560
Percentage of Total: 1.7%
Rank: 8th

Weighted Number of Articles: 319.4
Percentage of Total: 1%
Rank: 43rd

Mean Publication Year: 1954.3
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1954.2
Median Publication Year: 1954
Modal Publication Year: 1961

Topic with Most Overlap: Ordinary Language (0.0597)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Depiction (0.0312)
Topic with Least Overlap: Formal Epistemology (0.00018)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Explanation (0.00021)


Figure 2.27: Beauty

Beauty Articles in Each Journal

Figure 2.28: Beauty Articles in Each Journal


The main striking thing about this topic is how confident the model is that articles from both ends of the timeline belong together.

Table 2.5: Bernard Bosanquet, E. Wake Cook and David G. Ritchie (1890) “Symposium: The Relation Of The Fine Arts To One Another” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 1:98-116.
Subject Probability
Beauty 0.4932
Idealism 0.1749
Life and Value 0.0981
Psychology 0.0604
Ordinary Language 0.0429
Table 2.6: Dominic Mciver Lopes (2011) “The Myth Of (Non-Aesthetic) Artistic Value” The Philosophical Quarterly 61:518-536.
Subject Probability
Beauty 0.6125
Value 0.1799
Theories and Realism 0.0392
Arguments 0.0354
Universals and Particulars 0.0293
Norms 0.0281

It knows that Bosanquet is an idealist, and McIver Lopes is not. But it also knows that despite that, they have a subject matter in common. This isn’t something you see for many other topics. The same thing happens with the Temporal Paradoxes and, to a lesser extent, with Colour. But it is particularly marked here.