This article deals with annotations of examples in texts belonging to philosophical aesthetics. The purpose of the annotations is to create a broader data set with which discursive trends can be displayed on a timeline. There are two different ideas regarding annotations. The first one sees annotations in close connection with the interpretative work on the philosophical text and lets annotating become an elaborate exercise in close reading. The other detaches itself from embedding examples in the conceptual and argumentative context of a text on annotation, and instead focuses on developing a linguistic model of the example. With this shift, annotation tasks become representable in algorithms.