Does Intellectual History need Digital Humanities?

2nd Com­pu­ta­tional Ap­proaches to In­tel­lec­tual His­tory and the His­tory of Philo­sophy Symposium or­gan­ised by the Helsinki Com­pu­ta­tional His­tory Group

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Contact person: Mikko Tolonen

the moment it is still not entirely clear how methods from data science will contribute to increasing our understanding of the history of human thought. It is, however, imperative to seriously consider and study the possibilities of these methods as applied to historical data across different periods and geographical locations. This two-day workshop brings together scholars of the history of philosophy and practitioners of digital humanities to discuss the needs and possibilities of computational methods.

For this workshop a set of different scholars will discuss how they see the use of digital methods in their research. We will also have presentations that highlight different approaches to applying computational methods to the study of history of philosophy. The idea is to improve our understanding of how methods of data and text mining can be useful in the study of intellectual history and the history of philosophy. These demonstrations will be commented by invited discussants with a different background.

NB! Reading material: every presenter has suggested one article that the participants of the workshop should read before the workshop to orient towards different sessions.

Tuesday 11.12.2018 U37 lecture room (Unioninkatu 37, 1st floor)

10:15–10:45 Opening of the workshop and objectives, Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki)

10:45–12:15 Session 1: Vili Lähteenmäki (Helsinki): “History of Philosophy: Some Desiderata”. Discussant: Mark Hill (Helsinki) – Session 1 Reading material

12:15–13:30 Lunch break

13:30–15:00 Session 2: Paul Nulty (Cambridge): “Conceptual change”. Discussant: Jani Marjanen (Helsinki) – Session 2 Reading material

15:00–15:30 coffee

15:30–17:00 Session 3: Francesco Borghesi (Sydney): “Re-creating a Renaissance Library: A Conversation on Digital Methods and Scholarly Aims” Discussant: Johanna Skurnik (Turku) – Session 3 Reading material

Wednesday 12.12.2018 Language Centre (Kielikeskus), seminar room 205 (Fabianinkatu 26, 2nd floor)

10:15–12:00 Session 4: Anik Waldow (Sydney): “From Sensibilité to Sympathy: Communication and Concept Migration in Early Modern France and Britain”. Discussant: Antti Kanner (Helsinki) – Session 4 Reading material

12:00–13:15 Lunch break

13:15–15:00 Session 5: Mikko Tolonen (Helsinki): “Why does metadata matter to intellectual historians” Discussant: Paul Nulty (Cambridge) – Session 5 Reading material

15:00–15:30 coffee

15:30–17:00 Session 6: Jani Hakkarainen (Tampere): “How to make sure a phrase wasn’t used – the example of ”time as a measure of rest”?” Discussant: Viivi Lähteenoja (Helsinki) – Session 6 Reading material

Read­ing ma­ter­i­als:

(please read these before the workshop so you are better able to participate in discussions in each session)

Session 1: Richard Rorty. “The historiography of philosophy: four genres” in Philosophy in History (ed.) Rorty, Schneewind, Skinner (CUP: 1984), 49–75.

Session 2: Gabriel Recchia, Ewan Jones, Paul Nulty, John Regan, and Peter de Bolla. ”Tracing shifting conceptual vocabularies through time.” In European Knowledge Acquisition Workshop, pp. 19–28. Springer, Cham, 2016.

Session 3: Dino Buzzetti and Ernesto Priani, “The Pico Project: Looking Ahead”, Humanist Studies & the Digital Age, 5.1 (2017). DOI: 10.7264/N369720D

Session 4: Hans Aarsleff, “Philosophy of Language”, in Cambridge History of Eighteenth Century Philosophy, chapter 16, 451–472.

Session 5: Leo Lahti, Jani Marjanen, Hege Roivainen & Mikko Tolonen, “History of the book and bibliographic data science”, Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, (accepted, in press)

Session 6: J. Hakkarainen & T. Ryan, “Hume on Time and Steadfast Unchanging Objects”.

This workshop is the second symposium on Computational Approaches to Intellectual History and the History of Philosophy organised by Helsinki Computational History Group. In the Spring 2017, the Never Mine the Mind? -seminar focused on demonstrating exploratory work necessary for an understanding of how methods of data and text mining can be useful in the study of intellectual history and the history of philosophy. Earlier we have also organised a conference on Conceptual Change – Digital Humanities Case Studies, 7–8 December 2015.

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