Fiction and Imagination as Grounds for Counterfactual Reasoning, Scientific Modeling, and Thought Ex

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Location: Turin, Italy
Begin: June 17, 2019
End: June 18, 2019
Submission Deadline: February 28, 2019
Abstract submission deadline: February 28, 2019
Abbreviation: FIG-2019

Call for Papers, FINO Graduate Conference in Mind, Language and Science / SIFA Midterm Conference: “Fiction and Imagination as Grounds for Counterfactual Reasoning, Scientific Modeling, and Thought Experiments”


In recent times, a huge debate has arisen as to the role of imagination, especially in its relation with fiction, in shaping modal, philosophical, and scientific reasoning. Counterfactual discourse involves the consideration of unreal scenarios, whether possible or even impossible. Both philosophy and science make reference to thought experiments, which seems to be like short fictional stories. And scientific models may be compared with games of make-believe, insofar as the latter mobilize physical objects as props for imaginary characters. In this conference, we want to primarily address the following topics:



  • 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?

  • Are thought experiments a form of fictional narration?

  • Are scientific models really related to pretence play?


What kind of papers?


We invite papers related to the conference themes from PhD students and postdoctoral researchers. Papers should be suitable for 45 minutes presentation, followed by a 15 minutes of general discussion.


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


How do I submit?


Please submit an abstract (max. 1000 words, bibliography excluded) through the EasyChair submission system.


The conference language is English; contributions in other languages will not be considered.


Abstract and paper should be prepared for double-blind review and not contain any identifying information.


In case of multiple authors, please indicate in the submission system who is going to present the paper. No conference participant can present more than one paper. Participants selected for presentation may also be asked to act as a commentator on a different paper.


Dates and Deadlines


February 28 2019: Submission Deadline (=last possible day for making submissions)
April 15 2019: Notification of Acceptance
1 June 2019: Registration Deadline
17-18 June 2019: Workshop


Graduate students and early career researchers with precarious appointment may qualify for a cheap accommodation at a student residence of the University of Turin. This is subject to availability, though. Choices will be made on the basis of need and priority will be given to participants who present a paper. Please send your request before 1 April 2019 by contacting the organizers.

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