Essay describes the various opportunities in which to use the word timeliness. On the basis of three historically different opinions it shows how different and situationally dependent is the timeliness speech of philosophy. The aims of this speech do not come from the philosophy itself, but from the side purposes. Claims about the topicality of philosophy do not concern any philosophical value, but stem from the will and intentions of the authors. Therefore, timeliness cannot be one of the criteria of philosophy.