On What There Isn’t. Imagination, Impossibilities and Counterfactual Reasoning

September 5, 2019 - September 6, 2019
Professorship for Philosophy III (Prof. Dr. Markus Schrenk)I, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Haus der Universität
Schadowplatz 14
Düsseldorf 40212
Germany

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Intuitively, we have a pretty clear understanding of which kinds of mental activities count as exercises of imagination and which do not, and, yet, there is not much consensus on the question what, exactly, imagination is: Neither do we have a satisfying account of the nature of imagination, nor do we know how we can differentiate imagination from other mental states such as supposing, conceiving, believing, remembering, or perceiving.   Imagination has been discussed in different philosophical contexts such as engagement with fiction, mindreading, pretense, or modal epistemology and has given rise to many philosophical and psychological challenges. In this workshop we want to examine the nature of imagination and discuss questions like the following: How do people imagine alternatives to reality? What role plays imagination in counterfactual reasoning? Is imagination a guide to possibility? Can we imagine impossibilities? What is the relationship between imagination and other mental states?

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