2.28 Emotions

Category: Philosophy of Mind

Keywords: shame, affective, anger, angry, emotions, pains, emotion, pain, feels, feelings, emotional, pleasures, feel, fear, feeling

Number of Articles: 313
Percentage of Total: 1%
Rank: 45th

Weighted Number of Articles: 278
Percentage of Total: 0.9%
Rank: 57th

Mean Publication Year: 1964.5
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1959.2
Median Publication Year: 1971
Modal Publication Year: 1969

Topic with Most Overlap: Ordinary Language (0.0819)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Psychology (0.0279)
Topic with Least Overlap: Space and Time (0.00034)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Quantum Physics (8e-05)


Figure 2.70: Emotions

Emotions Articles in Each Journal

Figure 2.71: Emotions Articles in Each Journal


This is an important topic, but one that’s a little hard to classify. A lot of the papers here are early psychology papers, which seem like Philosophy of Mind papers. A rather large part of what they cared about was the nature of emotions. In recent years it has been as much a topic in Ethics as anything else. You can even see a little bump in Ethics in the 1990s. And that’s where the three highest cited papers come from. In between it also ends up as Mind topic, but more connected to Rylean behaviourism than to traditional psychology. If we extended the study through the 2010s and into the 2020s, it would start to blend into recent Social and Political philosophy via work on the role of anger.

The effect is that the chronological ordering that I’ve been using for this breaks down a fair bit. It’s not like this topic should be centered on the time just after ordinary language philosophy. Rather, it draws on a bunch of somewhat connected papers from across the 138 years, and so it ends up centered around the center of those years.