4 Categories

The ninety topics we’ve looked at so far are informative, but they are arguably too detailed to provide a useful big-picture view of what’s happening in philosophy. To do that I divided up the ninety topics into 12 categories. Or, to be more precise I divided eighty of them up into categories, and the other ten were split between two categories. I’ll return in the next chapter to how this division was made, and in particular how the splitting was done. For now, let’s look at the categories and then look at their representation in the literature over time.

Topic Subject Category Keywords
1 Psychology Philosophy of mind sensation, psychical, sensations, nervous, motor
2 Idealism Idealism whitehead, reality, bradley, ultimate, idealism
3 Life and value Social and political living, life, human, spiritual, bergson
4 Other history History of philosophy nietzsche, published, students, james, school
5 Dewey and pragmatism History of philosophy dewey, pragmatism, judgment, objectivity, judgments
6 Definitions Logic and mathematics definitions, symbol, symbols, definition, meanings
7 Propositions and implications Logic and mathematics propositions, proposition, entailment, implication, contradictory
8 Beauty Aesthetics artistic, esthetic, art, aesthetics, poetry
9 Physicalism Philosophy of mind physicalism, dualism, sellars, physical, datum
10 History and culture Social and political historian, historians, hegel, historical, cultures
11 Faith and theism Philosophy of religion theism, faith, christian, theological, theology
12 Self-consciousness Philosophy of mind conscious, selves, self, consciousness, inner
13 Ancient History of philosophy aristotle, parmenides, plato, platonic, republic
14 Universals and particulars Logic and mathematics universals, particulars, predication, category, generic
15 Verification Logic and mathematics statements, statement, verification, ayer, factual
16 Value Ethics valuable, goodness, happiness, valuation, value
17 Deduction Logic and mathematics syllogism, premisses, valid, logic, inferences
18 Mechanisms Philosophy of science mechanistic, patterns, behavioral, mechanism, psychologists
19 Temporal paradoxes Metaphysics duration, instant, succession, series, temporal
20 Classical space and time Metaphysics straight, dimensions, spaces, geometrical, dimensional
21 Early modern History of philosophy descartes, spinoza, leibniz, cartesian, substance
22 Meaning and use Philosophy of language wittgenstein, ryle, word, usage, words
23 Marx Social and political marx, economy, economics, labor, economic
24 Ordinary language Ethics/philosophy of mind ask, certainly, really, surely, try
25 Moral conscience Ethics ethical, conscience, morality, moral, morals
26 Methodology of science Philosophy of science scientist, methodology, sciences, science, scientific
27 Heidegger and Husserl History of philosophy heidegger, husserl, sartre, phenomenological, brentano
28 Emotions Philosophy of mind shame, affective, anger, angry, emotions
29 Ontological argument Philosophy of religion anselm, exists, exist, existent, santayana
30 Chemistry Philosophy of science chemistry, energy, atoms, conservation, atom
31 Social contract theory History of philosophy hobbes, reid, rousseau, sovereign, powers
32 Kant History of philosophy kant, kantian, maxim, maxims, intuition
33 Promises and imperatives Ethics motive, imperatives, motives, deontic, acts
34 Analytic/synthetic Logic and mathematics posteriori, analytic, naturalism, naturalist, analyticity
35 Freedom and free will Social and political/ethics freedom, freely, autonomous, free, autonomy
36 Crime and punishment Ethics/social and political forgiveness, crime, criminal, punishment, punish
37 Sets and grue Philosophy of science/logic and mathematics member, sets, classes, axiom, ordered
38 Origins and purposes Philosophy of science/metaphysics animals, cats, dog, teleology, cat
39 Time Metaphysics tensed, remembering, future, past, tense
40 Color/colour Philosophy of mind blue, green, colors, colours, yellow
41 War Social and political military, war, nuclear, rule, voting
42 Depiction Aesthetics metaphorical, metaphors, metaphor, pictorial, imagining
43 Denoting Philosophy of language denoting, frege, russell, meinong, denotation
44 Chance Philosophy of science chances, chance, probability, probabilities, prob
45 Hume History of philosophy hume, sceptic, scepticism, enquiry, coherence
46 Laws Philosophy of science regularity, laws, paribus, ceteris, nomic
47 Perception Philosophy of mind perceiving, phenomenal, perceptual, perceive, experiences
48 Intention Philosophy of mind dream, freud, deception, dreams, intention
49 Virtues Ethics judgements, stevenson, virtuous, judgement, virtues
50 Space and time Philosophy of science inertial, lorentz, relativity, simultaneity, frame
51 Mathematics Logic and mathematics mathematics, arithmetic, numbers, mathematical, proofs
52 Liberal democracy Social and political democracy, democratic, liberalism, liberal, citizens
53 Duties Ethics duties, obligations, obligation, duty, rights
54 Causation Metaphysics causation, causes, causally, causal, causality
55 Arguments Philosophy of mind/epistemology argument, arguments, premise, thesis, conclusion
56 Theory testing Philosophy of science tests, confirmation, testing, hypotheses, hypothesis
57 Decision theory Ethics utilities, mill, utility, decision, choosing
58 Minds and machines Philosophy of mind turing, machines, functionalism, machine, states
59 Truth Logic and mathematics tarski, liar, snow, truth, paradoxes
60 Radical translation Philosophy of language quine, languages, translation, grammar, holism
61 Explanation Philosophy of science explanations, explanatory, explanation, explaining, explained
62 Personal identity Metaphysics sortal, identity, wiggins, identities, identification
63 Speech acts Philosophy of language illocutionary, hearer, utterances, conversation, utterance
64 Sense and reference Philosophy of language quotation, referential, referent, kaplan, referring
65 Egalitarianism Social and political egalitarian, distributive, equality, income, opportunity
66 Quantum physics Philosophy of science quantum, spin, measurement, bell, measurements
67 Theories and realism Philosophy of science theories, kuhn, fraassen, observational, theoretical
68 Functions Philosophy of science functions, function, millikan, string, design
69 Feminism Social and political feminist, pornography, women, gender, marriage
70 Medical ethics and Freud Ethics/philosophy of mind trust, medical, disease, medicine, health
71 Abortion and self-defence Ethics fetus, killing, kill, abortion, killed
72 Belief ascriptions Philosophy of language ralph, tom, hesperus, mary, jane
73 Thermodynamics Philosophy of science entropy, systems, phase, dynamical, system
74 Knowledge Epistemology knowing, knows, skeptic, skeptical, knowledge
75 Game theory Philosophy of science player, players, games, game, chess
76 Justification Epistemology believing, beliefs, epistemically, belief, justification
77 Frankfurt cases Ethics/aesthetics jones, fischer, pretense, smith, blame
78 Concepts Philosophy of mind concepts, concept, conceptual, mcdowell, grasp
79 Races and DNA Philosophy of science/social and political protein, races, dna, racial, race
80 Modality Metaphysics modal, worlds, counterpart, modality, lewis
81 Reasons Ethics desires, motivation, deliberation, motivated, irrational
82 Evolutionary biology Philosophy of science fitness, drift, darwin, selection, evolutionary
83 Population ethics Ethics consequentialism, consequentialist, projects, worse, scanlon
84 Formal epistemology Epistemology credences, subjunctive, dutch, credence, bet
85 Wide content Philosophy of mind twin, burge, contents, content, externalism
86 Vagueness Logic and mathematics vagueness, sorites, truthmaker, realist, realists
87 Cognitive science Philosophy of mind processing, computational, input, cognitive, cognition
88 Models Philosophy of science models, model, woodward, parameters, cartwright
89 Composition and constitution Metaphysics supervenience, properties, property, composition, extrinsic
90 Norms Philosophy of language/ethics norm, norms, commitments, normative, commitment