Types of __________ Papers (updated)

Last week, Randall Munroe, author of the famed webcomic xkcd published a comic about “Types of Scientific Paper“:

It has now served as a template for people on social media to caricature the papers in their areas of study. By request, here’s a round-up of ones in philosophy and related disciplines.

Philosophy of Biology (by Roberta Millstein)

Analytic Feminism (by Matthew J. Cull)

AI Ethics (by Annette Zimmermann)

History of Philosophy of Science (by Paul Franco):

Political Theory (by Samuel Bagg):

Semantics (by Katie Martin):

I couldn’t not do one, so:

Ethics (by Justin Weinberg)

If you know of others, send along links or mention them in the comments. And if you want to make your own, here’s a blank version of the comic.

UPDATE: Some more…

Wittgenstein (by @illocutie)


Metaethics (by Jordan Walters)


Free Will (by Alan White)


Clinical Ethics (by Adam Omelianchuk)


Philosophy of Science (by Boaz Miller)


Philosophy of Physics (by Alisa Bokulich)


Philosophy of Medicine(by Maya Goldenberg)


Thomism (by Josh Hochschild)


Philosophy of Science (by Aaron Chavez)


Epistemology (by Gregory Gaboardi)

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Adam Omelianchuk
3 years ago
3 years ago


Made a “types of metaethics papers” one.

3 years ago

Someone better make a “Types of Journal of Controversial Ideas Papers” one.


David Wallace
David Wallace
Reply to  Matt
3 years ago

There are 12 ‘types of paper’ on the graphic and only 10 papers total in JCI so far, so it would end up being ‘types of paper I expect to see in JCI’, which I suspect would just recapitulate people’s existing widely-divergent impression of it.

3 years ago

Relevant xkcd for the semantics one: https://xkcd.com/1683/

Katie Martin
Katie Martin
Reply to  ehz
3 years ago

Ugh I’m so sorry, if I’d known people were going to see it I wouldn’t have made it on my tiny ancient phone!!

Not Creative Enough
3 years ago

Someone please do philosophy of mind.

André CB
3 years ago

Types of Experimental Philosophy paper: https://twitter.com/BilboB8/status/1388525948094586884

Alisa Bokulich
3 years ago

Here’s one for Types of Philosophy of Physics Paper: https://twitter.com/bucphs/status/1389402543533535239?s=21

Marcin Miłkowski
3 years ago