PHIL Workshop – “The Roots of Fiction: Possibilities and Imagination”


5 - 6 Dec 2015








Chair: Paisley Livingston

2:00     Greetings: Hans-Georg Moeller (Chair of the Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, FAH)

2:10 Frederick Kroon: Fictionalism and the Lure of Surrogacy

3:10 Alberto Voltolini: How to Vindicate (Fictional) Creationism


4:10-4:30 Coffee Break


Chair: Teresa Marques

4:30 Daniel Dohrn: Can Imagination Provide Evidence for Possibility?

5:05 Nevia Dolcini: Knowledge and the Imagination of (Actualized) Possibilities

5:40 Marion Renauld: Could imagining make possible the impossible?

6:15 Daniel Hutto: Overly enactive imagination? Imagining the unimaginable





Chair: Marco J. Nathan

9:00 Manuel García-Carpintero: Norms of Fiction-Making: the Fictionality of Films

10:00       Enrico Terrone: Imagination, Film Experience, and Three Meanings of ‘Seeing’


10:35-10:50 Coffee Break


Chair: Nevia Dolcini

10:50  Mikael Pettersson: Doing Aesthetics with Eyes Shut: On Thought Experiments in        Aesthetics, Acquaintance, and Quasi-observation

11:50       Sören Häggqvist: Thought Experiments, Fiction, and Free Logic

12:25       Fredrik Stjernberg: A Puzzle of Fiction and Cognitive Impenetrability


13:00-14:30 Lunch Break


Chair: Daniel Hutto

2:30 Lorenzo Magnani: Scientific Fictionalism, Cognitive Niches, and Epistemic Warfare

3:05     Guilherme Sanches de Oliveira: Scientific Models: Against Fictionalism and Representationalism

3:40     Marco J. Nathan: Fiction Science’


4:15-4:30 Coffee Break


Chair: Frederik Kroon

4:30 Teresa Marques: Pejoratives: How the Analogy with Fiction Breaks Down

5:05 Hans-Georg Moeller: On the Philosophical Function of Humorous Fiction in the Zhuangzi

5:40     Anika Fiebich: How We Make the Social World: Cultural Niche Construction and the Example of Fictional Bedtime Stories

6:15 Paisley Livingston: Fiction Fiction




“Philosophy Workshop 2015 : Session 1″ – 1 SP  (5 Dec 2015, 02:00pm – 7:00pm, Saturday)

“Philosophy Workshop 2015 : Session 2″ – 1 SP  (6 Dec 2015, 09:00pm – 12:45pm, Sunday)

“Philosophy Workshop 2015 : Session 3″ – 1 SP  (6 Dec 2015, 02:30pm – 07:00pm, Sunday)
1. Students who attend the WHOLE activity and arrive ON TIME will be given one Smart Point
2. Students who arrive late or leave early within 10 minutes will be given only half a Smart    Point
3. Students who arrive late or leave early over 10 minutes will NOT be given any Smart Point
4. Students who leave the venue during the activity for over 15 minutes will NOT be given any Smart Point
5. Students are required to check in/out of the activity with Student ID Card. For those who do not respect the activity or neglect the staff’s guidance, SAO reserves the right to cancel his/her Smart Point.



For details, please refer to the following website:


All are welcome




Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Tel: (853) 8822 4768