I am a Research Assistant at Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation at University of Amsterdam for the NWO Vici project Ideas at Scale - Towards a Computational History of Ideas (e-Ideas). The project aims to trace changes in philosophical concepts thanks to the collaboration between humanities scholars and computer scientists.
My research interests are metaphysics (particularly, Ordinary Objects, Mereology, and (Neo-)Hylomorphism) and Ancient Greek philosophy (Aristotle’s Metaphysics, Physics, Categories, Topics, Analytics Prior and Posterior). Recently, I have also become more interested in qualitative, quantitative and computational methods applied to history of philosophy.
In July 2016, I finished my BA in Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome. In June 2019, I completed the Research Master of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam. My research thesis On How Perspectival Hylomorphism Got the Facts Wrong was written under the supervision of Prof. Arianna Betti. The main aim of my thesis was to show the essential relevance of Aristotle’s mereology in the contemporary metaphysical debate about ordinary objects.
- Master of Arts in Philosophy (MA), University of Amsterdam, 2017-2019
- Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (summa cum laude), Sapienza University of Rome, 2013-2016
van den Berg, H., Betti, A., Oortwijn, Y., Parisi, M.C., Wang, S., Koopman, R., “The Spread of the Mathematical Method in Eighteenth-Century Germany: A Quantitative Investigation” (ongoing, invited for submission on a special issue of Synthese dited by Benedikt Löwe)
Concepts in motion
I am working on different projects within my current research position.
First, together with the research team, I am studying the concept of mathematical method in Germany in the 18th century.
Personally, I am annotating more than 150 Latin texts to understand which mathematical method was endorsed by scholars at that time and in that region.
Second, I am collecting and analysing Latin corpora that will be relevant to build the corpus of our own research.
To complement my research, I am attending the course Programming in Python for Text Analysis at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Attended Conferences (as participant)
- The International Congress of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology (CLMPST), Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague, August 5-10, 2019
- International Conference “Aristotle's Metaphysics - Yesterday and Today”, University of Italian Switzerland and University of Lucerne, Palermo, Italy, September 6-7, 2018
- The Question of Ontology: The Contemporary Debate, Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain, February 14-16, 2018
- Philosophy and the ALT-World, 2018 OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, January 9-11, 2018
- Time and Modality. Medieval and Contemporary Perspectives International Workshop, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany, July 20-22,2017
- Conceivability and Modality, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 2017
- The Axiomatic Theory of Abstract Objects, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, May 2017
- Action, practical knowledge, and spontaneity workshop, Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands, September 2016
- Humean Readings, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 2016
- Where Representationalism about Perceptions goes wrong, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 2016
- Humean Readings, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 2015
- Testing Theories of Reference, Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy, June 2015
Attended Academic Courses
- Classical Texts 3 (Mill, On Liberty; Frege, On Sense and Reference; Wittgenstein, Philosophical Investigations; Arendt, The Human Condition; Quine, Pursuit of Truth; Rawls, A Theory of Justice; Butler, Gender Trouble)
- Methods and Debates 3: Conceptual Analysis
- Ontology: Philosophical Perspectives
- Classical Texts 2 (Kant, Critique of Pure Reason, and Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals; Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit; Marx, The German Ideology, and Theses on Feuerbach; Nietzsche, The Genealogy of Morals; Heidegger, Being and Time; Adorno & Horkheimer, Dialectic of Enlightenment)
- Methods and Debates 2: Critique and Reflexivity
(Universiteit van Amsterdam)
- Classical Texts 1 (Plato, Politeia; Aristotle, Metaphysics; Al-Farabi, On the Perfect State; Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy; Spinoza, Ethics; Hobbes, Leviathan; Locke, Essay Concerning Human Understanding; Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding)
- Methods and Debates 1: Historical Interpretation
- Possible Worlds: Logic and Metaphysics
- Beyond the Great Divide (Marcus Gabriel, Fields of Sense)
- Academic English
- History of Analytic Philosophy II (Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, Hume, Book II- III of Treatise on Human Nature)
- History of Analytic Philosophy I (Theory of Action: Davidson, Velleman, Frankfurt, Hornsby, G.E.M. Anscombe)
(Universiteit van Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
- Theoretical Philosophy (Theory of Action, Ontology, Metaphysics: G.E.M. Anscombe, S. Kripke, D. Lewis, E.J. Lowe, K. Fine, and M. Loux)
- Ancient Greek Philosophy (Aristotle's Metaphysics, Physics, Categories, Topics, Analytics Prior and Posterior, Nichomachean Ethics, Poetics)
- Theory of Reasoning (Informal Logic, Epistemology, Philosophy of Time, and Science Fiction Philosophy)
- Moral Philosophy (Hume, Locke, Rousseau, Hobbes, Spinoza)
- Modern Philosophy (J.S. Mill, On Liberty)
- Aesthetics (Hermeneutics: Gadamer, Iser, and Eco)
- Philosophy of Religion (Augustine and Paul)
- Cultural Anthropology (Plato, Descartes, Erasmus, Kant, Kierkegaard, Schopenhauer, and Buber)
- Ancient Greek and Roman History
- Modern History
- Logic (First Order Logic)
- Ethics (Arendt, Jonas, Baumann, Kant, and Augustine)
(Sapienza University of Rome)