2.23 Marx

Category: Social and Political

Keywords: marx, economy, economics, labor, economic, capital, social, society, exchange, production, market, societies, individualism, group, groups

Number of Articles: 449
Percentage of Total: 1.4%
Rank: 18th

Weighted Number of Articles: 385
Percentage of Total: 1.2%
Rank: 29th

Mean Publication Year: 1961.4
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1963.9
Median Publication Year: 1961
Modal Publication Year: 1948

Topic with Most Overlap: Life and Value (0.0493)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: History and Culture (0.0419)
Topic with Least Overlap: Color/Colour (0.00035)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Ontological Argument (0.00043)

A scatterplot showing which proportion of articles each year are in the Marxtopic. The x-axis shows the year, the y-axis measures the proportion of articles each year in this topic. There is one dot per year. The highest value is in 1948 when 4.0% of articles were in this topic. The lowest value is in 1914 when 0.1% of articles were in this topic. The full table that provides the data for this graph is available in Table A.23 in Appendix A.

Figure 2.58: Marx.

A set of twelve scatterplots showing the proportion of articles in each journal in each year that are in the Marxtopic. There is one scatterplot for each of the twelve journals that are the focus of this book. In each scatterplot, the x-axis is the year, and the y-axis is the proportion of articles in that year in that journal in this topic. Here are the average values for each of the twelve scatterplots - these tell you on average how much of the journal is dedicated to this topic. Mind - 0.3%. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society - 1.0%. Ethics - 5.7%. Philosophical Review - 0.8%. Analysis - 0.2%. Philosophy and Public Affairs - 4.5%. Journal of Philosophy - 1.0%. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research - 1.1%. Philosophy of Science - 1.6%. Noûs - 0.6%. The Philosophical Quarterly - 0.5%. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science - 0.9%. The topic reaches its zenith in year 1948 when it makes up, on average across the journals, 4.1% of the articles. And it hits a minimum in year 1914 when it makes up, on average across the journals, 0.1% of the articles.

Figure 2.59: Marx articles in each journal.

Table 2.52: Characteristic articles of the Marx topic.
Table 2.53: Highly cited articles in the Marx topic.


This is a fairly easy topic to summarise—at its core, it’s Marxism. And the trends are fairly easy to describe as well. There isn’t much in the generalist journals at any time. Unsurprisingly, the moral and political journals discuss it a lot at their founding. And, more to my surprise, so do the philosophy of science journals at their founding. In all four cases there is a fairly quick drop-off, so this is now a fairly niche topic.

The upturn towards the end, in both Philosophy of Science and Aristotelian Society is because the model puts two other kinds of articles in here as well. First, the model thinks that anything broadly about economics might be here. We see that in the fact that some articles by famous economists, such as Sen and Arrow, are here. (Though the model is really uncertain about the Sen article.) Second, the model thinks that anything that talks about structures might be here as well. So papers on structural realism occasionally get put here - especially if the focus is more on the structures than on the realism. Both these kinds of articles, roughly meaning non-Marxist economics and issues about structures, are getting more important, and possibly would be separated out if our data ran through the present day.