Digital Humanities and Philosophy

June 28, 2013
VU University Amsterdam

Main Building, Room HG-02A06

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The Digital Humanities are booming. However, philosophy is underrepresented in the Digital Humanities. This workshop has three aims: (i) to present computational methods that can be used by philosophers; (ii) to present research in which philosophical problems are studied by means of computational methods; (iii) to reflect on the relevance of research in the Digital Humanities for research in the humanities and philosophy. 

Everyone interested in the digital humanities and philosophy is cordially invited! Attendance is free, but please register by sending an e-mail to 

Location: VU University (Main Building, Room HG-02A06 ) (directions:


10.30 – 10.45               Coffee + Tea

10.45 – 11.15               Introduction: Digital Humanities and Philosophy
                                   Arianna Betti  & Hein van den Berg (VU Amsterdam)

11.15 – 12.15              Natural Language Processing for Digital Humanities
                                  Caroline Sporleder (University of Trier)

12.15 – 13.30               Lunch (at own expenses, sorry!) 13.30 – 14.30             Uncovering Philosophical Influence by Digital Humanities 
                                  Rens Bod  (University of Amsterdam)

14:30– 15.30               Armchair with a Monitor: Using Computer-Based Linguistic Text Corpora for Philosophical Purposes.
                                  Roland Bluhm (TU Dortmund)
15.30 – 16.00             Coffee + Tea

16.00 – 17.00              Distributionalism: Meaning or Discourse 
                                  Aurelie Herbelot (University of Potsdam)                                    
17.00- 18.00              Digital Humanities Strategies for analyzing Enlightenment thought and practices: two examples from book history and emotion studies
                                Inger Leemans (VU Amsterdam)

18.00 – 18.15             General Discussion
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