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The Logic of Conceivability: Modelling Rational Imagination with Non-Normal Modal Logics

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Project "LoC" data sheet

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Coordinator
THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS 

Organization address
address: NORTH STREET 66 COLLEGE GATE
city: ST ANDREWS
postcode: KY16 9AJ
website: www.st-andrews.ac.uk

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Total cost 1˙996˙362 €
 EC max contribution 1˙996˙362 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-01   to  2021-12-31

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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY COURT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS UK (ST ANDREWS) coordinator 445˙362.00
2    UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM NL (AMSTERDAM) participant 1˙551˙000.00

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 Project objective

“The human imagination remains one of the last uncharted territories of the mind” - Ruth Byrne, The Rational Imagination

Our mind represents non-actual scenarios to extract information from them. We cannot experience beforehand which situations are or will be actual. So we explore them in our imagination, leaving our perceptions offline: ‘What would happen if...?’. The cognitive importance of this activity is hardly overestimated.

But what is its *logic*? The orthodox logical treatment of representational mental states comes from modal logic’s possible worlds semantics: the modal analysis of knowledge, belief, information, was taken up by philosophy, linguistics, and Artificial Intelligence. However, the approach faces major problems. By systematically addressing them, the Logic of Conceivability (LoC) project will yield a paradigm shift in our understanding of the logic of human imagination.

One major purely logical problem is that mainstream epistemic logics model cognitive agents as logically omniscient, thus as disconnected from the reality of human, fallible minds. One major philosophical problem concerns the entailment from conceivability to so-called absolute possibility in ‘thought experiments’ of theoretical philosophy: how does conceiving a scenario give evidence of its possibility? LoC will address such issues via the techniques of non-classical logics with non-normal worlds semantics. It will make logically precise the distinction, taken from cognitive science, between Fast Thinking (associative, context-sensitive) and Slow Thinking (rule-based, analytic). It will show how omniscience is avoided, and evidence of absolute possibility is achieved, in different manners in the Fast and Slow Way.

Based at the Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, and advised by a Board of researchers from Europe, the US, and Australia, LoC will deliver high-impact outputs in top journals, a book, and knowledge dissemination results for non-specialists.

 Publications

year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Anthia Solaki, Francesco Berto, Sonja Smets
The Logic of Fast and Slow Thinking
published pages: , ISSN: 0165-0106, DOI: 10.1007/s10670-019-00128-z
Erkenntnis 2019-07-26
2017 Francesco Berto, Tom Schoonen
Conceivability and possibility: some dilemmas for Humeans
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-7857, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-017-1346-7
Synthese 2019-06-18
2017 Peter Hawke
Theories of Aboutness
published pages: 1-27, ISSN: 0004-8402, DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2017.1388826
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2019-06-18
2017 Francesco Berto, Rohan French, Graham Priest, David Ripley
Williamson on Counterpossibles
published pages: , ISSN: 0022-3611, DOI: 10.1007/s10992-017-9446-x
Journal of Philosophical Logic 2019-06-18
2018 Alexandru Baltag, Nick Bezhanishvili, Aybüke Özgün, Sonja Smets
A Topological Approach to Full Belief
published pages: , ISSN: 0022-3611, DOI: 10.1007/s10992-018-9463-4
Journal of Philosophical Logic 2019-06-18
2018 F. Berto
Simple Hyperintensional Belief Revision
published pages: , ISSN: 0165-0106, DOI: 10.1007/s10670-018-9971-1
Erkenntnis 2019-06-18
2017 Francesco Berto
Impossible Worlds and the Logic of Imagination
published pages: , ISSN: 0165-0106, DOI: 10.1007/s10670-017-9875-5
Erkenntnis 2019-06-18
2017 Francesco Berto
Aboutness in imagination
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-8116, DOI: 10.1007/s11098-017-0937-y
Philosophical Studies 2019-06-18
2018 Francesco Berto
Taming the runabout imagination ticket
published pages: , ISSN: 0039-7857, DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1751-6
Synthese 2019-06-18
2018 Christopher Badura, Francesco Berto
Truth in Fiction, Impossible Worlds, and Belief Revision
published pages: 1-16, ISSN: 0004-8402, DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2018.1435698
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 2019-06-18
2018 Francesco Berto, Peter Hawke
Knowability Relative to Information
published pages: , ISSN: 0026-4423, DOI: 10.1093/mind/fzy045
Mind 2019-05-29

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