- DR2 COLLOQUIUM & HISTHO SEMINAR: MICHELE CIRUZZI June 28, 2023
- Lezioni di Franco Moretti April 28, 2023
- DR2 COLLOQUIUM in Turin – Lucia Pasini, “Distant Listening” – 9 February 2023 January 21, 2023
- THIRD DR2 CONFERENCE (in Rome!) January 12, 2023
- New course on “Distant Reading in the History of Philosophy” in Turin November 4, 2022
- Franco Moretti in Turin October 20, 2022
- Project PAWOS receives funding from the University of Siena July 30, 2021
- Grant Awarded to DR2! July 15, 2021
- Mind and British idealism – a distant reading perspective June 14, 2021
- Data visualization – Enhancing the Digital Humanities Course Registry May 17, 2021
16-17 January 2023
Dipartimento di Filosofia, Sapienza Università di Roma
Villa Mirafiori, via Carlo Fea, 2 – Roma
Links for following through Webex:
- 1st session, https://l.cnr.it/dr2c3s1
- 2nd session, https://l.cnr.it/dr2c3s2
- 3rd session, https://l.cnr.it/dr2c3s3
16 January, 15:00-19:00
Session 1. Quantitative History of Philosophy: Methodological Peculiarities
15:00 Enrico Pasini (Torino, Roma), Introduction
15:20 Arianna Betti (Amsterdam), The Status of Philosophy as a Data-Driven Science
16:10 Sander Verhaegh (Tilburg), Toward a Computational History of American Philosophy: Problems and Promises
17:20 Christophe Malaterre & Francis Lareau (Montréal), Mining Eight Decades of Philosophy and Philosophers of Science
18:10 Angela Ambrosino & Mario Cedrini (Torino), What is Inside the Cambridge Journal of Economics? A Topic Modelling and Network Analysis
17 January, 9:00-13:30
Session 2. Beyond Digital Humanities
The Problem of Transparency
9:00 Paolo Tripodi (Torino), Introduction
9:10 Teresa Numerico (Roma), Abstraction and Categorization without a Cause: Epistemic Opacity in the Critical Process
9:50 Davide Pulizzotto (Montréal), Methodological Transparency in Computer-Assisted Text Analysis
10:50 Dino Buzzetti (Bologna), Introduction
11:50 Charles Pence (Louvain), Interdisciplinarity and Collaboration in Digital Philosophy
12:30 Julie Giovacchini (Paris), Building a Philosophical Glossary with TEI: the Multidisciplinary Epicurei Project. Strenght and Weakness of Thematical Named Entities in Context
12:10 Roberto Lalli (Torino), Hybrid Experts and Scientific Cooperation in the Historical Analysis of Socio-Epistemic Networks
Discussant: Cristina Marras (Roma)
17 January, 15:30-18:40
Session 3. TEPT: Turin Enhanced Philosophy Tree
15:30 Guido Bonino (Torino), Introduction
15:50 Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter (Berlin), Intellectual Genealogies and Canon(s) of Philosophy: Some Reflections
17:00 Eugenio Petrovich (Tilburg, Torino), Links and Ties. Information Loss in the Translation of Texts into Networks
17:50 Daniele Radicioni (Torino), Reshaping Distant Reading into Probabilistically Oriented DR: the case of the Turin Enhanced Philosophers Tree
Discussants: Michele Alessandrelli (Roma), Michele Ciruzzi (Insubria), Nicola Ruschena (Torino)
Part of the teaching program of the FINO PhD Consortium.
With the support of CRT Foundation (TEPT project).
A new “Distant Reading in the History of Philosophy” course will be held at the University of Turin by the DR2 co-founder Paolo Tripodi. The course is intended both for Philosophy students belonging to the Philosophy International Curriculum and for Digital Humanities students belonging to the Language Technologies and Digital Humanities postgraduate cycle degree of the University of Turin.
Here is a link to the course webpage, where a syllabus is included.
New DR2 COLLOQUIUM!
The research project PAWOS (Philosophy and/with/of Science) by Eugenio Petrovich, DR2 member, has been awarded the “MSCA Seal of Excellence @ UNISI” grant by the University of Siena. The project aims at investigating the contemporary relationship between philosophy and science by coupling quantitative methods from scientometrics with qualitative methods from Science and Technology Studies.
PAWOS abstract: “In the last decades, the interactions between philosophy and science have become more frequent and stronger. Philosophers do not only investigate the foundational and methodological aspects of science, but they frequently work together with scientists on topics that require both philosophical resources and empirical investigation. In the past, successful philosophy-science collaborations have fostered the emergence of new scientific disciplines. Today, the EU is investing a considerable amount of money in such interdisciplinary research programmes, knowing that the complex challenges that lie in the near future will require fruitful collaboration between the humanities and the sciences. From the meta-philosophical point of view, however, we still do not know what is the specific contribution that philosophy brings to the sciences, nor what are the meta-philosophical conditions that should be met for a successful collaboration between philosophers and scientists. The project PAWOS aims to answer these meta-philosophical questions by adopting an innovative naturalized methodological stance. PAWOS will resort to empirical methods drawn from bibliometrics and STS to investigate the contemporary science-philosophy nexus, integrating quantitative and qualitative evidence in the building of the meta-philosophical theory. Specifically, advanced bibliometric methods will be used to map the extension of the philosophy-science interactions in the scholarly literature, whereas interviews with key actors will be used to investigate the reasons why philosophers and scientists collaborate. Combining empirical evidence with meta-philosophical theorization, PAWOS will offer to the philosophical and scientific community for the first time a meta-philosophical theory comprising both a full-fledged taxonomy of the contributions of philosophy to science and a set of normative meta-philosophical conditions that foster the success of joint science-philosophy research programmes.”
The project will start in October 2021 at the Department of Economics and Statistics of the University of Siena, under the supervision of Prof. Alberto Baccini. You can follow Eugenio’s research on Twitter (@EugenioPetrovi1) and Academia.edu.
by Nicolò Cambiaso and Stefano Romeo
When did British idealism end? When did it reach its peak and face its demise? It is rather difficult to answer such questions. Several dates might be put forth as representative of the end of British idealism, from 1903 to the 1940s.
In 1903 two important works by G.E. Moore and Bertrand Russell were published, “The Refutation of Idealism” and The Principles of Mathematics respectively. They partly set the stage for the birth of analytic philosophy, in direct opposition to British idealism. Analytic philosophy would eventually replace idealism in the British philosophical culture, hence it might seem reasonable to set the end of British idealism in the years of the rise of analytic philosophy in Britain. However, idealists remained active long after 1903, with some of the leading figures, such as Bernard Bosanquet and F.H. Bradley, being active until the early 1920s. So, why wouldn’t it be also admissible to set the downfall of British idealism in the 20s? And why not in the 40s? Indeed, one of the last spokesmen of the movement, even if not the most original one, A.E. Taylor, still published during those years. Each proposal follows from a perfectly admissible criterion.
In order to answer – at least partially – such questions, it is worth considering a quantitative approach. A quantitative analysis can provide a general overview of the growth and demise of such a movement. This overall picture will provide tools to evaluate different solutions, without any pretence to give straight and univocal answers – as one could be tempted to do in the context of a merely qualitative historiographical analysis. In the current research we decided to focus on one of the most influential philosophical journals of the time in Britain, Mind. We considered the issues of Mind published between 1876, when the journal was founded, and 1945, the year of the death of A.E. Taylor. Our purpose was to identify a group of idealists and see how their production varies through the years. We decided therefore to look at British idealism in terms of the people who worked within this philosophical tradition.
The Digital Humanities Course Registry (CLARIN-ERIC, DARIAH-EU) is a platform providing a worldwide overview of Digital Humanities teaching activities which can be sorted by a variety of features (e.g. institution, education degree and others).
Recently, the second round of the 2020 open data virtual Hackaton has been launched by the Austrian Centre for Digital Humanities and Cultural Heritage (ACDH-CH). The task was to inaugurate a new way of visualizing data and metadata about worldwide teaching activities around DH. Among the winning projects of this Hackaton, we signal the platform enhanced by Fracesca Giovannetti, Ivan Heibi and Bruno Sartini.
The final ACDH visualization webpage allows to have a complete and easily accessible overview of the different DH courses currently active (allow pop-ups for instructions). Besides, this visualization provides the user with details about the various techniques taught by the different DH courses, and the ongoing collaborations between Universities and relations among researchers working in each institution.
Data from Microsoft Academic and Crossref have been added to the DH course registry enriching it with metadata of published works across the listed institutions. Metadata have thus been managed in order to provide visualization tools devised to address different research questions about DH techniques deployed for research activities and co-authored papers across universities.