CFP: Fiction and Imagination: Midterm Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA)

Submission deadline: March 20, 2019

Conference date(s):
June 17, 2019 - June 18, 2019

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Conference Venue:

Center for Logic, Language and Cognition (LLC), Università degli Studi di Torino
Torino, Italy

Topic areas


This conference on the topic of "Fiction and Imagination" is the joint

---Fifth Conference in Mind, Language, and Science of the FINO PhD Program (the joint philosophy PhD program of the Universities of Genoa, Pavia, Turin, and Eastern Piedmont) and the 

---Midterm Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy (SIFA)

Conference Topic

The conference theme is the role of fiction and imagination in modal and scientific reasoning, including topics such as counterfactual discourse, thought experiments, model-building and games of make-believe.

Questions of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Does fiction mobilize some specific form of imagination?
  • Is there a real divide between fictional and nonfictional works?
  • In what sense does imagination support counterfactual reasoning?
  • Is practical reasoning counterfactual reasoning?
  • Are thought experiments a form of fictional narration?
  • Are scientific models really related to pretence play?

What kind of submissions?

We invite abstracts of no more than 1,000 words from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Papers should be suitable for 45 minutes presentation, followed by a 15 minutes of general discussion.

Submissions may be from various theoretically-minded areas of analytic philosophy (e.g., metaphysics, logic, epistemology, philosophy of language, philosophy of science). Preferential treatment will be given to abstracts that are related to the conference themes.

We will prioritize papers of high quality and with innovative elements. Submissions from underrepresented groups in philosophy are especially encouraged to submit.

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