2.42 Depiction

Category: Aesthetics

Keywords: metaphorical, metaphors, metaphor, pictorial, imagining, pictures, imagery, analogies, image, resemblance, images, imagined, picture, resemble, hear

Number of Articles: 213
Percentage of Total: 0.7%
Rank: 71st

Weighted Number of Articles: 215.2
Percentage of Total: 0.7%
Rank: 79th

Mean Publication Year: 1976.5
Weighted Mean Publication Year: 1970.6
Median Publication Year: 1976
Modal Publication Year: 1973

Topic with Most Overlap: Ordinary Language (0.0778)
Topic this Overlaps Most With: Beauty (0.0177)
Topic with Least Overlap: Moral Conscience (0.00044)
Topic this Overlaps Least With: Functions (0.00056)

A scatterplot showing which proportion of articles each year are in the depictiontopic. 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 1878 when 2.8% of articles were in this topic. The lowest value is in 1888 when 0.0% of articles were in this topic. The full table that provides the data for this graph is available in Table A.42 in Appendix A.

Figure 2.102: Depiction.

A set of twelve scatterplots showing the proportion of articles in each journal in each year that are in the Depictiontopic. 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 - 0.7%. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society - 0.9%. Ethics - 0.1%. Philosophical Review - 0.7%. Analysis - 1.0%. Philosophy and Public Affairs - 0.1%. Journal of Philosophy - 0.6%. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research - 0.9%. Philosophy of Science - 0.3%. Noûs - 0.7%. The Philosophical Quarterly - 0.8%. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science - 0.3%. The topic reaches its zenith in year 1878 when it makes up, on average across the journals, 2.8% of the articles. And it hits a minimum in year 1888 when it makes up, on average across the journals, 0.0% of the articles.

Figure 2.103: Depiction articles in each journal.

Table 2.89: Characteristic articles of the depiction topic.
Table 2.90: Highly cited articles in the depiction topic.


This is a bit of a grab-bag of papers, loosely connected to the idea of depiction. I’ve classified it as aesthetics because it includes papers like

But it also includes papers that seem less neatly classed as Aesthetics, like

Still, the aesthetics papers predominate, so that’s the category I’ve gone with. Very often these models would locate the aesthetics papers quite neatly and put them in a category. But this model has separated out these papers on depiction from the larger category of papers on beauty. And the result is that the topic is fairly small.