Workshop “Digital Humanities and Philosophy”

28 June 2013

VU University Amsterdam

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

For more further information and abstracts:


Hein van den Berg & Jeroen Smid (on behalf of the whole Axiom team)