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CFP: The Roots of Fiction

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Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

University of Macau

Theoretical accounts of fiction, once confined to the field of aesthetics, are now widely considered as useful frameworks for philosophical investigation more generally. Fictionalist tendencies in various disciplinary fields regard possible worlds, scientific theories and models, numbers, propositional attitudes, mental entities, and the self as if they were fictional objects. In the context of fictionalist-oriented views, imagination has been given a special attention. The workshop will push forward the discussion of the advantages and limits of deploying the aesthetic notion of fiction outside of its original domain, with an emphasis on imagination’s role and nature.

Nevia Dolcini (University of Macau)
Daniel Hutto (University of Wollongong – University of Hertfordshire)
Frederick Kroon (The University of Auckland)
Paisley Livingston (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
Lorenzo Magnani (University of Pavia)
Hans-Georg Moeller (University of Macau)
Marco Nathan (University of Denver)
Mikael Pettersson (Lingnan University, Hong Kong)
Mario Piazza (University of Chieti-Pescara)
Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)

We invite submissions for contributed presentations from various disciplinary fields (e.g., aesthetics, philosophy of science, epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of language, and logic). We also welcome submissions that report interdisciplinary work.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
– The role of imagination in fiction
– Imagination and counterfactual scenarios
– Imagination and the self
– Imagination and possibilities
– Imagination and belief
– Epistemic role of imagination
– Ontology and metaphysics of fiction
– Fictionalism and folk psychology
– Fictionalism and the self
– Modal fictionalism
– Mathematical fictionalism
– Make-believe attitudes
– Fiction, fictionalism and imagination in Eastern philosophical traditions

Abstracts of around 500 words should be submitted to ndolcini@umac.mo.
Submission of both theoretical papers and empirical research papers, as well as the submission of research papers at earlier stages of work are encouraged.
ACCEPTED PROPOSALS: Notification of accepted/rejected proposals will be sent by November 7. A maximum of 5 contributions will be accepted. Contributors will have 40 minutes for their presentations, ideally divided into 30 minutes of exposition and 10 minutes of discussion.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Inquiries and clarifications about the conference can
be addressed to the organizers. For information about practical matters please contact Ms. Wong (MaggieWong@umac.mo). For more information about the University of Macau, please visit www.umac.mo.

Nevia Dolcini

Philosophy and Religious Studies Programme
Faculty of Arts and Humanities
University of Macau

Tel. +853 8822 8806