to Sep 6

Call for Participation: 2nd Düsseldorf Graduate Workshop for Philosophy “On What There Isn’t. Imagination, Impossibilities and Counterfactual Reasoning”

From 5th to 6th September 2019, University Düsseldorf’s Haus der Universität will be hosting the 2nd Düsseldorf Graduate Workshop for Philosophy on imagination, impossibilities and counterfactual reasoning, discussing 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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1:30 PM13:30

Yet another workshop on imagination

Centre for Philosophical Psychology and European Network for Sensory Research

Call for registration 

Yet another workshop on imagination, June 20, 2019 


Robert Hopkins (NYU)

Amy Kind (Claremont McKenna)

Nick Wiltsher (Antwerp)

Alma Barner (Antwerp)

Registration: No registration fee, but please send an email to Nick Wiltsher ( to register. Please register by June 14. 


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to Jan 19

BNWP Workshop and Symposium in Imagination, Society, and Culture

The Bergen Network for Women in Philosophy (BNWP) at the University of Bergen, Norway (UiB) will be hosting its first graduate student workshop and symposium from January 17th - 19th, 2019. We will discuss the relationship between imagination, society, and culture, broadly construed; please see below for sample questions. Our keynote speakers are Sabina Lovibond (Oxford), Sandra Laugier (Panthéon-Sorbonne), and Anat Biletzki (Quinnipiac and Tel Aviv).

The event will comprise two kinds of sessions: Workshops will involve close discussion of a pre-circulated paper in small groups. Symposium presentations will be given by keynote speakers and interested workshop participants. These presentations will be open to the rest of the department and the general public.

We welcome submissions from women (inclusively defined) who are currently enrolled in a graduate program (masters or doctorate) or have completed a graduate degree within the past year. Submissions must be in English. We will be able to offer free accommodation to some participants and to provide all participants with some meals.

To submit a paper, please fill out this form by November 15th. Successful applicants will be required to send a full paper by January 1st, 2019. There is no registration fee.

Discussion will include, but is not limited to, the following:

-- What is imagination? What distinguishes it from other modes of thought? What limits exist -- or should (not) exist -- to imagination? How is one taught to imagine (something, in general)?

-- To what degree is one’s imaginative capacity bounded by societal expectation or cultural heritage? How does a society’s language bear upon the capacity of its people to imagine?

-- What aspects of ethical reasoning and behavior depend upon a relationship between imagination and socioculture? How do changes in imaginative capacity follow, or precipitate, sociocultural change?

We particularly welcome submissions in meta-ethics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of anthropology, philosophy of language, and political philosophy. Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions!

Scientific organizers: Carlota Salvador Megias, Jasmin Trächtler

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to Nov 7

Belief, Imagination, and Delusion

European Research Institute
University of Birmingham

This conference aims to bring together researchers interested in the nature of belief, imagination, and delusion formation, to reflect on how these areas might interact. The conference will have three distinct streams, with researchers working on the nature of belief or imagination being presented with delusions as a case study against which to reflect on their views. Delusions presented as a test case to belief and imagination theorists would provide a context in which these theorists can reflect on whether to claim delusions as within the scope of their theories, or not.  Researchers in the delusion formation stream will be asked to reflect on accounts of the nature of belief and imagination, and how those fit with models of delusion formation.

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6:30 PM18:30

Imagination in Science


Science, politics & culture from a philosophical perspective




6.30-8pm, Wednesday 24 October 2018

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Science is often mistakenly thought to involved nothing but cold reason. In reality, very human acts of creativity appear everywhere. We explore the role of imaginative thinking in science. Are thought experiments sources of knowledge or just hypotheses? Can a story or narrative also be a scientific explanation? And how should a scientist balance creative thinking with respect for the facts?


Steven French

Professor of Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds

Melanie Keene

Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Alice Murphy

Postgraduate Researcher, University of Leeds

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10:30 AM10:30

Imagination Workshop at the University of Milan

What Is the Imagination?

Imagination is as fascinating as it is tricky to characterise. When we imagine, we form particular kinds of mental representations that are variously related to – although also different from – a number of other representations, such as beliefs, percepts, and memories, as well as desires, hopes, and expectations. How are imaginings connected to – and yet distinct from – all these other representations? Is there any unity in our heterogenous uses of the word ‘imagination’, or do they range over a variety of different states, capacities, and activities? What, in other words, does imagination amount to?


15.00-16.30 Greg Currie (York)

Discussant: Andrea Raimondi (Turin)

16.30-16.40 Break

16.40-18.10 Nick Wiltsher (Antwerp)

Discussant: Marta Benenti (Turin)


Aula Enzo Paci, Direzione del Dipartimento di Filosofia, Università degli Studi di Milano, via Festa del Perdono 7, 20122, Milano.


Anna Ichino, Elisa Paganini, Paolo Spinicci.

Attendance is free and open to all. No registration is required.

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to Jul 6

Imagination, Simulation, and the Self

Tufts University, July 5-6

This conference investigates imagination and other counterfactual attitudes from perspectives in philosophy of mind, linguistics, and cognitive science. The central focus will be on how the self is represented in imagination, simulation, and dreaming, as well as the role that such representations play in empathy and understanding.   

Attendance is free and open to the public, however registration is required. To register, please email Irmina Zborowska at

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10:00 AM10:00

Imagination Workshop at the University of Sheffield

An interdisciplinary day exploring the nature of imagination and its role in research and learning. The day will consist of reading group sessions with a main focus on philosophy but spanning across other research areas such as art, history, psychology and literature. Each session will start with a 10 minute response to the paper from a participant. 

We welcome researchers, artists, staff, postgraduates and undergraduates to attend in a safe environment where everyone can feel comfortable contributing to the discussion. 

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to Mar 30



March 26-31, 2018 will take place in Rio de Janeiro the 37th edition of the ASPLF Congress

ASPLF means  Association des Sociétés de Philosophie de Langue Française

The congress of the ASPLF is organized every two years in a different country. It is a congress of philosophy where all the lectures are in French.  For each edition there is a specific topic.

For the next edition the topic is:  L'IMAGINATION

There are 12 invited talks by speakers from 11 different countries

Contributing speakers are also welcome.

Send a one page abstract by September 15

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