Argumenta – Journal of Analytic Philosophy

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


Guest Editors:

Carola Barbero, Matteo Plebani, Alberto Voltolini


Invited contributors: Frederick Kroon, Arnon Levy, Fiora Salis


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Deadline for submission: April 30th, 2020

Notification of acceptance: July 30, 2020



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 special issue, 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?
  • Is practical reasoning counterfactual reasoning?
  • Are thought experiments a form of fictional narration?
  • Are scientific models really related to pretence play?


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