Fernando Nascimento

Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital and Computational Studies

Teaching this semester

DCS 2500. Digital Text Analysis

Explores how digital techniques can enhance our understanding of text. Investigates how to make sense of the burgeoning number of textual sources in a timely manner and what new questions can be raised and answered by computer-based text analysis. Students learn to apply tools for analyzing large texts to problems drawn from areas throughout the liberal arts, such as psychology, philosophy, and literature. In addition, students address questions ranging from authorship of Supreme Court opinions, to using thirty years of newspapers to reexamine historical questions, to interpreting Raphael's masterpiece “School of Athens” through an analysis of Aristotle's and Plato's works. While doing so they also study the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches. No previous computer programming experience is required.

A scholar of Digital and Computational Studies, Hermeneutics, and Ethics. He worked for almost twenty years in the telecommunication industry developing software for mobile devices worldwide. In parallel, he has also been studying and teaching Philosophy, with a special focus on the ethical and hermeneutical works of the French philosopher Paul Ricoeur. He is currently working on establishing a digital portal that will provide a template for digital humanities advanced textual analytics on Ricoeur corpus that can be re-instantiated for other thinkers and academic communities. His current research is considering the mutual and bidirectional relationships between hermeneutics and digital textual analysis. This study intends both to reflect on the new hermeneutical possibilities for digital textual analysis and also to discuss how to apply digital textual analysis to provide new ways to interpret and publish humanistic studies. A second research interest area involves the discussion of ethical and ontological aspects of technologies in our current society as well as perspectives for the near future.


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Catholic University of Sao Paolo, 2015
  • M.S., Philosophy, Catholic University of Sao Paulo, 2008
  • B.S., Philosophy, Catholic University of Campinas; Sao Paulo, 2005
  • B.S., Computer Science, Catholic University of Campinas, 1997

Publications & Presentations

Co-author (with George Taylor), Digital Ricoeur. Études Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies. Vol 7, No 2 (2016), pp. 124-45.

Hermeneutics and Software Development, Conference on the Hermeneutics of Practice, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK, May 7-8, 2015.

“Narrative, Mimesis, and Phronetical Deliberation.” Storyworlds: A Journal of Narrative Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, 2014, pp. 29–48. www.jstor.org/stable/10.5250/storyworlds.6.2.0029.

Co-editor (with Walter Salles), Ética, Identidade e Reconhecimento na obra de Paul Ricoeur [Ethics, Identity and Recognition in Paul Ricoeur´s Works]. Editora PUC-Rio & Ediçoes Loyola 2013).

Implicações do conceito de Mal na Ética de Paul Ricoeur [Implications of the Concept of Evil in Ricoeur’s Ethics]. Keynote. In: Catholic University of Campinas. Perennial Philosophical Concepts Conference. 2014.

Phronetical Deliberation. Keynote, Centenaire Ricoeur (1913-2013): Paul Ricoeur et la philosophie contemporaine de langue anglaise, Paris, November 20, 2013.

Practical Wisdom in the Face of Crisis and Conflict. In: University of Salento-Italy, International Congress on Ricoeur’s Philosophy. 2012. 

World Innovation Conference – Motorola Inc. Instant Messaging and Presence - Voip, Video and Beyond. 2007.

Sociedade Brasileira de Computação [Brazilian Society of Computer Science] Tecnologia Java para Celulares [Java technology for Mobile Devices]. 2003.

Java One World Congress. Considerations in Implementing a MIDP IM Client. 2003. (with Gustavo E. Paula)

Work In Progress

In collaboration with George Taylor and Matt Jockers, we are undertaking DH analysis of the rhetoric of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. We expect the research to result in two publications, one in a more technical venue and a second in a law-related setting. The second is anticipated to be published as a chapter in a collection entitled Justice Scalia: Rhetoric and the Rule of Law (edited by Francis J. Mootz III & Brian Slocum) to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Grants, Institutes and Seminars

National Humanities Center. Digital Humanities Seminar. 2015-2016.

In partnership with Professor George Taylor (faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh), we developed a 2-year project on digitizing Paul Ricoeur’s works and creating analytical tools that we intend to integrate with the Digital Edition.

NEH Institute at the University of Pittsburgh entitled: “Make Your Edition: Models and Methods for Digital Textual Scholarship” (jointly with Prof. Ming-Yeung Cheung (Taiwan) and Krishna Hedge (US)).

Religion and Science: Opposing Forces or Intellectual Partners? Stanford University. 2014.


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