2.39 Time

Category: Metaphysics

Keywords: tensed, remembering, future, past, tense, mctaggart, remember, memory, ago, memories, tomorrow, backward, sea, mellor, becoming

Number of Articles: 300
Percentage of Total: 0.9%
Rank: 51st

Weighted Number of Articles: 291
Percentage of Total: 0.9%
Rank: 50th

Mean Publication Year: 1975.3
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1971.4
Median Publication Year: 1975
Modal Publication Year: 1963

Topic with Most Overlap: Ordinary Language (0.048)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Temporal Paradoxes (0.0382)
Topic with Least Overlap: Liberal Democracy (0.00013)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Moral Conscience (0.00084)


Figure 2.93: Time

Time Articles in Each Journal

Figure 2.94: Time Articles in Each Journal


One of four different topics the model found on time, which has been a continuing source of interest in the journals. This one is on broadly speaking the existence of times. We’ve already looked discussions of the temporal paradoxes, and space and time in classical physics. and we’re coming up to the discussion of space and time in relativistic physics. And that’s setting aside the Composition and Constitution, which includes a lot of papers on temporal parts.

Especially compared to its neighbours in debates about time, this one has a very flat distribution across time. Perhaps there is some kind of irony in this. We can see this if we look at all four topics on a single graph. (I’m starting this in the 20th century to exclude some outlier years, and included trend lines to make things clearer.)

Time topics - Weighted Frequency of Articles

Figure 2.95: Time topics - Weighted Frequency of Articles

The two early topics gradually fall, though maybe they have both reached a steady state. Relativistic space and time rises through around 1980, though it too might have obtained an equilibrium. But this topic, the metaphysics of time(s) stays at a very steady level around 1% year after year.