2.78 Concepts

Category: Philosophy of Mind

Keywords: concepts, concept, conceptual, mcdowell, grasp, peacocke, possession, understanding, thinker, capacities, conceptions, capacity, evans, understand, conception

Number of Articles: 134
Percentage of Total: 0.4%
Rank: 86th

Weighted Number of Articles: 332.4
Percentage of Total: 1%
Rank: 41st

Mean Publication Year: 1991.7
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1978.4
Median Publication Year: 1996
Modal Publication Year: 2001

Topic with Most Overlap: Ordinary Language (0.0516)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Wide Content (0.0367)
Topic with Least Overlap: Crime and Punishment (0.00042)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Formal Epistemology (0.00154)


Figure 2.175: Concepts

Concepts Articles in Each Journal

Figure 2.176: Concepts Articles in Each Journal


Given the importance of Concepts to late twentieth century philosophy, this is a surprisingly small topic. I think that what’s happened here is that it has just gotten squeezed by other topics. There isn’t a single article that’s more than 10 pages long with a probability of being in this topic of over 0.5.

Part of the story about this topic is similar to the story with the topic on Arguments. More philosophers write about concepts in papers on other topics than write papers directly about concepts. This isn’t surprising, but it did surprise me a bit that there aren’t more papers directly about concepts in the journals. There are several important books on concepts, and there are papers in specialist journals like Mind and Language, and that led me to expect that there would be more here than turned out to be the case.