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 over time thanks to the collaboration between humanities scholars and computer scientists.

I work with qualitative, quantitative and computational methods applied to the history of philosophy (e.g., building and annotating philosophical corpora for text-mining purposes). In particular, I focus on the use of digital tools in the analysis of philosophical texts written in Ancient Greek and (Neo-)Latin.

My research interests are mainly in (computational) history of ideas, methodology in the history of philosophy, digital humanities, digital classics, history of ancient philosophy, history of axiomatics and philosophy of science, metaphysics, and mereology.


  • Master of Arts (MA), Universiteit van Amsterdam2017 - 2019
    Philosophy (research)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA), Sapienza Università di Roma2013 - 2016


  • Research Assistant, ILLC, Universiteit van Amsterdam 2019 - present
    NWO Vici project Ideas at Scale - Towards a Computational History of Ideas (e-Ideas)
  • Research Assistant, Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamFeb - Apr 2021
    A case study in digital history of philosophy (CLUE+ project)
  • Research Assistant , Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Oct - Dec 2020
    A Digital History of Ideas (CLUE+ project)



  1. Van den Berg, H., Oortwijn, Y., Parisi, M.C., Wang, S., and Betti, Historians and the ‘Great Unread’ A New Method for Objective Corpus Building in the History of Philosophy. Ongoing; submission planned for February 2021.

  2. Van den Berg, H., Parisi, M.C., Oortwijn, Y., and Betti, A., The Spread of the Mathematical Method in Eighteenth-Century Germany: A Quantitative Investigation. Ongoing; first draft available here; submission planned for January 2021.

  3. Bloem, J., Parisi, M.C., Reynaert, M., Oortwijn Y., and Betti, A. Distributional Semantics for Neo-Latin. In Proceedings of LT4HALA 2020 - 1st Workshop on Language Technologies for Historical and Ancient Languages (pp. 84–93), LREC 2020. Marseille: European Language Resources Association (ELRA). [OA]


  1. Parisi, M.C., and Oortwijn, Y., “Distributional Semantics for Neo-Latin”, Neo-Latin Studies and Digital Humanities, International Association for Neo-Latin Studies, online, April 15, 2021. (invited talk)

  2. Parisi, M.C., "Mathematics & Scientific Explanation in Antiquity: A Slow Science and Big Data Study", Workshop on Neoplatonism and the Sciences, March 12, 2021. (invited talk)

  3. Betti, A. and Parisi, M.C., “Computational History of Ideas”, Digital Classics Workshop, Oikos National Research School in Classical Studies, The Netherlands, online, March 1, 2020. (invited talk)

  4. “Computational History of Ideas: preliminaries and corpus-building” in the course “Data-driven History of Ideas”, MA course, Universiteit van Amsterdam, November 20, 2020. (invited guest lecture)

  5. “Computational History of Ideas: preliminaries and corpus-building” in the course “History of Ideas: Foundational Topics and Computational Applications”, Corso di Laurea Magistrale in Filosofia, Università di Torino, May 19, 2020. (invited guest lecture)

  6. Parisi, M.C., “Hylomorphism and The Principles of Extensionality”, Spring School on Wholes and Their Parts. Mereology and Its History, CUSO, ISFI, SNSF-Project The Metaphysics of Quantum Objects, April 30 - May 3, 2020. (contributed talk with abstract submission) (postponed due to COVID-19)

  7. “Aristotle’s Mereology” in the course “Logic and Philosophy”, MA course, Universiteit van Amsterdam, February 14, 2020. (invited guest lecture)

  8. Parisi, M.C., “Hylomorphism and The Principles of Extensionality”, Workshop Propositions, properties, sets, and other abstract objects, Amsterdam, February 7-8, 2020. (invited talk)

  9. Parisi, M.C., “The Problem of Material Constitution: identity and composition of ordinary objects”, Summer School on Aristotle's Metaphysics - Yesterday and Today, Università della Svizzera Italiana & Universität Luzern, September 6, 2018. (contributed talk with abstract submission)

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