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2nd Semester 2020/21: Computational Philosophy

Arianna Betti & Yvette Oorwijn

The Concepts in Motion group headed by Arianna Betti welcomes student projects in computational philosophy. 'Computational Philosophy' is to be intended both as computational tools applied to philosophical texts as well as philosophical reflections on computational linguistics / NLP work.


The students joining this project will be part of Arianna's Concepts in Motion lab for one month and, after theoretical preparation (1 week), join ongoing team research (both theoretical and applied) on corpus building, ground truth construction, experimental dataset annotation tasks, quantitative analysis of humanities objects of study, and computational language modelling applied to philosophical texts by (depending on background and interests) Wolff, Kant, Bolzano, Russell, Quine or 19th-20th century history of the social sciences focused on the notion of conceptual scheme.


Either Advanced Topics in the Philosophy of Language (Philosophical Foundations of NLP) 2020/21 or Data-Driven History of Ideas 2020/21. 


Report, or alternative assignment agreed upon with the instructors (annotation dataset + report, code with documentation, a blog post, or a co-authored paper with other team members)


  • Oortwijn, Yvette, et al. “Interrater Disagreement Resolution: A Systematic Procedure to Reach Consensus in Annotation Tasks.” Proceedings of the Workshop on Human Evaluation of NLP Systems (HumEval), Association for Computational Linguistics, 2021, pp. 131–141,

  • Betti, Arianna, et al. “Expert Concept-Modeling Ground Truth Construction for Word Embeddings Evaluation in Concept-Focused Domains.” Proceedings of the 28th International Conference on Computational Linguistics, International Committee on Computational Linguistics, 2020, pp. 6690–6702, doi:10.18653/v1/2020.coling-main.586
  • Betti, Arianna. “On Haslanger’s Focal Analysis of Race and Gender in Resisting Reality as an Interpretive Model.” Krisis, vol. 1, 2014, pp. 13–18,
  • Oortwijn, Yvette, Jelke Bloem, Pia Sommerauer, François Meyer, Wei Zhou, and Antske Fokkens. ‘Challenging Distributional Models with a Conceptual Network of Philosophical Terms’. In Proceedings of the 2021 Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics. Online: International Committee on Computational Linguistics, 2021.
  • Ginammi, Annapaola, Jelke Bloem, Rob Koopman, Shenghui Wang, and Arianna Betti. ‘Bolzano, Kant and the Traditional Theory of Concepts - A Computational  Investigation [Accepted with Minor Revisions on March 16, 2021]’. In The Dynamics of Science: Computational Frontiers in History and Philosophy of Science, edited by Andreas de Block and Grant Ramsey. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, 2021.