Sifa Mid-Term Conference/FINO Graduate Conference in Mind, Language and Science: Fiction and Imagination as Grounds for Counterfactual Reasoning, Scientific Modeling, and Thought Experiments

17-18 Giugno 2019, Torino


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

Fifth Graduate Conference in Mind, Language, and Science of the FINO PhD Program

Department of Philosophy and Education Sciences, University of Turin,

June 17-18, 2019, Turin

Sala Rossa,

Campus Luigi Einaudi,

Lungodora Siena 100, Torino


as Grounds for Counterfactual Reasoning, Scientific Modeling, and Thought Experiments


June 17, morning

9.30-11 Gregory Currie (University of York),

“Fictions as thought experiments”

11-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.15 Alessandro Cavazzana (University of Venice Ca’ Foscari),

“The importance of imagination in picture perception: mental imagery and visual metaphors”

12.15-13 Julien Gusthiot (University of Paris 1),

 “Fiction and non-fiction. Some comments on extreme intentionalism”


June 17, afternoon

15-15.45 Michal Hladky (University of Geneva) and Steve Humbert-Droz (University of Fribourg),

“Imaginary invalid! Deflating the model bubble”

15.45-16.30 Malvina Ongaro (University of Eastern Piedmont),

“Narratives and the normativity of the rational agent”

16.30-17.00 coffee break

17.00-18.30 Deena Weisberg (Villanova University, Philadelphia),

”From fiction to reality: Learning from stories and counterfactual scenarios”


June 18, morning

9.30-11 Mauricio Suarez (Complutense University, Madrid)

“Scientific representations for thought experiments”

11-11.30 coffee break

11.30-12.15 Rawad El Skaf (University of Salzburg),

“The structure of scientific thought experiments, or an inconsistency revealers and eliminators account”

12.15-13 Peter Hawke and Tom Schoonen (ILLC at University of Amsterdam & Arché, University of St. Andrews),

 “Are Gettier cases disturbing?”


June 18, afternoon

15-15.45 Aybüke Özgün and Tom Schoonen (ILLC at University of Amsterdam & Arché, University of St. Andrews),

“Modelling the pretense-Imagination over time”

15.45-16.30 Jacopo Frascaroli (University of York),

 “The unprejudiced reader: fiction and cognitive flexibility”

16.30-17.00 coffee break

17.00-18.30 Fred Kroon (University of Auckland),

“Models, fiction, and the problem of the gap”

For more info contact the organizers Carola Barbero (, Fabrizio Calzavarini (,  Vincenzo Crupi (, Andrea Iacona (, Matteo Plebani (, Alberto Voltolini (