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October 25, 2012



How much overlap do you see here between your project and Randall Collins's _The Sociology of Philosophy_?


To second Jonathan's comments: What about Schwitzgebel's discussion arcs?



i think about this a lot but never with the ambition of digitizing it all.

i would think that moretti-ish large numbers would be useful particularly in regard to conceptualizing the massive amounts of undistinguished philosophical work that falls variously below the 'historically significant' threshold (for different values of 'significant'). that work often has a great deal to do with what gets counted as, and accorded the status of, philosophy by its practitioners in their historical moment. and it might be particularly illuminating about what most philosophers do now.

also for including various para-philosophical phenomena in the picture. say, like the literary productions associated with addison and steele or with what hume calls 'the conversible world', which often had the stated purpose of bringing philosophy out of the academy or of making nonscholarly lives wiser.

it would be nice, for example, to be able to see things like the significance of the production of translations/editions of epictetus' 'enchiridion' over time.

or syllabi or whatever will represent how philosophy manifested itself in pedagogical settings once it was established as a modern university subject.

Ryan Shaw

This sounds vaguely like the Indiana Philosophy Ontology project[1], which I believe is starting to get beyond taxonomizing into text analysis and topic modeling.

Anyway, I find your proposed project pretty fascinating, and I would be interested in getting involved if you're looking for collaborators.


Scott Weingart

To add to Ryan's comment, InPhO has all of their ontology data available to download as OWL or JSON, and is accessible through an API. You can definitely build off of their work.

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