CFP: The Roots of Fiction. Possibilities and Imagination

Submission deadline: October 31, 2015

Conference date(s):
December 5, 2015 - December 6, 2015

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Conference Venue:

Philosophy and Religious Studies Program, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Macau
Macau, Macao

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The Roots of Fiction

Possibilities and Imagination

December 5-6, 2015

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University of Macau


Theoretical accounts of fiction, once confined to the field of aesthetics, are now widely considered as useful frameworks for philosophical investigation more generally. Fictionalist tendencies in various disciplinary fields regard possible worlds, scientific theories and models, numbers, propositional attitudes, mental entities, and the self as if they were fictional objects. In the context of fictionalist-oriented views, imagination has been given a special attention. The workshop will push forward the discussion of the advantages and limits of deploying the aesthetic notion of fiction outside of its original domain, with an emphasis on imagination’s role and nature.



We invite submissions for contributed presentations from various disciplinary fields (e.g., aesthetics, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of language, and logic). We also welcome submissions that report interdisciplinary work. Successful proposals can receive funding up to 4.550 MOP (please see details below). Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

-       The role of imagination in fiction

-       Imagination and counterfactual scenarios

-       Imagination and the self

-       Imagination and possibilities

-       Imagination and belief

-       Epistemic role of imagination

-       Ontology and metaphysics of fiction

-       Fictionalism and folk psychology

-       Fictionalism and scientific theories

-       Fictionalism and the self

-       Modal fictionalism

-       Mathematical fictionalism

-       Make-believe attitudes

-  Fiction, fictionalism and imagination in Eastern philosophical traditions

Abstracts of around 500 words should be submitted to [email protected]. Submission of both theoretical papers and empirical research papers, as well as the submission of research papers at earlier stages of work are encouraged.


FUNDING FOR CONTRIBUTED SPEAKERS: Accepted contributed speakers will receive a support for travelling (flight/ferry economy round-trip) on the basis of receipts with an upper limit of 4.000 MOP if travelling from non-Asian countries, and of 2.000 MOP if travelling from Asian countries. Moreover, they will be reimbursed for the costs of lunch/dinners related to the workshop on the basis of receipts and with an upper limit of 550MOP.

ACCEPTED PROPOSALS: Notification of accepted/rejected proposals will be sent by November 7. A maximum of 5 contributions will be accepted. Contributors will have 40 minutes for their presentations, ideally divided into 30 minutes of exposition and 10 minutes of discussion.


Nevia Dolcini (University of Macau)

Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong - University of Hertfordshire)

Frederick Kroon (The University of Auckland)

Paisley Livingston (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia)

Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau)

Marco Nathan (University of Denver)

Mikael Pettersson (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)

Mario Piazza (University of Chieti-Pescara)

Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)

CONTACT INFORMATION: Inquiries and clarifications about the workshop can be addressed to [email protected].For information about practical matters please contact Ms. Wong ([email protected]). For more information about the University of Macau, please visit Please refer to our website for further details about the workshop.

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