Mental Fictionalism

October 24, 2019 - October 25, 2019
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, HUNGARY

Széchenyi István tér 9

Main speakers:

University of Louisville
Central European University
University of York
Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
University of California, Davis
Central European University
University of Wollongong
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences
University of Tartu
Virginia Tech
University of Florida
University of Exeter
Eotvos Lorand University of Sciences
University of Kentucky
University of Edinburgh


Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Virginia Tech
University of Exeter

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This workshop will be part of a series in which we discuss the prospects of a middle ground between realism and eliminativism about mental entities, and the proper interpretation of folk psychological discourse. The series began with the publication of the Monist issue on 'Mental Fictionalism' in 2013. We also had a successful workshop on fictionalism in Budapest and another on mental fictionalism in Edinburgh, both in 2014. Our plan now is to refine our arguments, and to evaluate recent developments in the field (such as e.g. Bács 2018, Smythe 2017, Toon 2016, Wallace 2016).

In addition to the speakers above, Daniel Dennett (Tufts) has agreed to join us via Skype.

The planned talks cover not only the nature of fiction, the mental, and folk psychology--but also a number of related topics such as mental illness, the self, embodiment, ontological commitment, reason-giving, and knowledge-attributions. 

The event is open to anyone who wishes to attend.

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