Structuring the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The structure of a discipline condensates itself in texts. Of those texts, classics, on the one hand and encyclopedias on the other have an important role as they are frequently used as teaching resources. Investigating their structure is therefore of quite some interest. In this notebook we will have a look at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a formidable resource that contains, at the time of writing ~ 1600 articles. »

The structure of recent philosophy (II)

In this codebook we will investigate the macro-structure of philosophical literature. As a base for our investigation I have collected about fifty-thousand records from the Web of Science collection, spanning from the late forties to this very day. The question of how philosophy is structured has received quite a lot of attention, albeit usually under more specific formulations, for example when people ask whether there is a divide between “analytic” and “continental” philosophy, or whether philosophy is divided more along the lines of “naturalism” and “anti-naturalism”. »

Replication & Public Perception

This month a study came out that tried to estimate how good social-science-research can be replicated. Camerer et al. (2018) took twenty-one studies from Nature and Science and tried to replicate them. Thirteen replications were successful, meaning that a significant effect in the same direction as in the original study could be found. I looked at the Altmetrics of these studies, to see how they fared in the public perception. »