Drawing maps with R. A basic tutorial

By Eugenio Petrovich

Maps are a powerful tool to visualize information. Plotting data on a map can reveal trends and patterns that are difficult to spot by inspecting a spreadsheet. Maps are also very useful to communicate information to the public in an appealing and interpretative way.

In this brief tutorial, we will learn how to generate simple geographic maps with R. In particular, we will learn how to produce the following map of the DR2 members in Europe:

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DR2 at the Vienna station

The papers presented by DR2 members Eugenio Petrovich, Guido Bonino and Paolo Tripodi have been accepted at the ninth annual conference of the Society for the Study of the History of Analytic philosophy, to be held in Vienna on July 1-3, 2020.

Below are the abstracts of the two contributions.

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Analytic philosophy and the later Wittgensteinian Tradition

Paolo Tripodi’s book Analytic Philosophy and the Later Wittgensteinian Tradition has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan in the History of Analytic Philosophy series edited by Mike Beaney.

Here is the cover:


And here the back cover:

This book aims to explain the decline of the later Wittgensteinian tradition in analytic philosophy during the second half of the twentieth century. Throughout the 1950s, Oxford was the center of analytic philosophy and Wittgenstein – the later Wittgenstein – the most influential contemporary thinker within that philosophical tradition. Wittgenstein’s methods and ideas were widely accepted, with everything seeming to point to the Wittgensteinian paradigm having a similar impact on the philosophical scenes of all English speaking countries. However, this was not to be the case. By the 1980s, albeit still important, Wittgenstein was considered as a somewhat marginal thinker. What occurred within the history of analytic philosophy to produce such a decline?

This book expertly traces the early reception of Wittgenstein in the United States, the shift in the humanities to a tradition rooted in the natural sciences, and the economic crisis of the mid-1970s, to reveal the factors that contributed to the eventual hostility towards the later Wittgensteinian tradition.


The book uses both traditional methods of the history of philosophy, such as conceptual and contextual analysis, and quantitative methods: for example, chapter 3 (“Carnapstein in America”) and chapter 5 (“Science, Philosophy, and the Mind”) provide and interpret data concerning the presence and role of Wittgenstein in the full-text of The Journal of Philosophy and The Philosophical Review from 1921 to 1970; chapter 7 (“Concluding Remarks. The Last Decades”) briefly discusses the results of Bonino and Tripodi’s just published article on “Academic Success in America: Analytic Philosophy and the Decline of Wittgenstein”, and it also presents and analyses some data included in the Web of Science citation indexes by applying co-citation tools (in particular, within the sub-corpus of the articles in which Wittgenstein’s Philosophical Investigations are cited, co-citation analysis indicates the number of times in which other works are cited together with the Investigations during the period 1986–2015); chapter 2 (“The Core and the Periphery”) briefly discusses Franco Moretti‘s application of Wallerstein’s core-periphery model to literary history, and it also reflects on its possible applications to the history of philosophy.

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Journal of Interdisciplinary History of Ideas

The following papers, delivered at the first DR2 Conference (Turin 2017) and then  submitted to Open Peer Review, have now been accepted by the  Journal of Interdisciplinary History of Ideas and will appear on the next issue of the journal:

Eugenio Petrovich & Emiliano Tolusso, Exploring Knowledge Dynamics in the Humanities

Marco Santoro, Massimo Airoldi, Emanuela Riviera, Reading Wittgenstein between the Texts

Guido Bonino, Paolo Maffezioli & Paolo Tripodi, Two Quantitative Researches in the History of Philosophy. Some Down-to-Earth and Uphazard Methodological Reflection


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Mario Cedrini’s talk in Turin

We are pleased to announce a talk about pluralism in economics and the social sciences given by the DR2 member Mario Cedrini, who teaches History of economic thought at the University of Turin.

The conference, organised by L’Ornitorinco. Laboratorio culturale, will be held in Italian. More information here.

Mario Cedrini

La disciplina economica, tra unità e frammentazione

Wednesday 29th January 2020, 4-6 p.m.

Palazzo Nuovo, via S. Ottavio, 20, Aula di Medievale

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New course at the SSST: Distant reading in the history of ideas

We are glad to announce that a new course has been created at the Scuola di Studi Superiori “Ferdinando Rossi”, Università di Torino: Distant reading in the history of ideas.

The course will be held by DR2 members Guido Bonino, Enrico Pasini, Daniele Radicioni and Paolo Tripodi.

It is a 40-hours course, held in Italian, starting from the 5th of March 2020 (Thursday and Friday 2-5 p.m.), Aula T.13 (Via Sant’Ottavio 54, Torino).

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Happy new year!

DR2 team wishes everybody a happy new year!

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Arianna Betti teaching in Turin in 2020

We are pleased to announce that prof. Arianna Betti (University of Amsterdam) will be teaching a course at the University of Turin during the second semester of the Academic Year 2019/2020. More information below.



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Project REPOSUM, final events: slides and pictures

We are glad to share the slides and some pictures from the Final Event of the project REPOSUM.

Moreover, let us give a warm welcome to some of our new affiliate members: Lianna D’Amato, Carlo Debernardi, Sara Garzone, Maximilian Noichl, and Eleonora Priori (check the updates in the People page).

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November in Turin: a lot of DR2 events!

This is a very hot November for the quantitative history of philosophy!

On Thursday 14th Eugenio Petrovich gave an informal seminar in Italian, entitled “Approcci reticolari in storia della filosofia analitica contemporanea: reti di citazioni e reti di acknowledgments” (Network approaches in the history of contemporary  analytic philosophy: citations networks and acknowledgments networks) (picture on the left)

On Friday 15th Rinascimenti Sociali hosted DR2 and our partner Synapta srl the Final Event of the project REPOSUM, sponsored by Fondazione CRT (picture on the right). On this occasion, we also inuagurated a Twitter account: follow @DR2Network!

But the DR2 November is not over: further events await!

All the events are free and do not require registration: everybody is welcome!

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