Arno Goebel

Scientific Coordinator What If

Research Fellow

Arno Goebel is the scientific coordinator of the DFG research unit ‘What If?’ (link). His research interests are in philosophy of language and linguistics. Currently, he works on issues in (formal) pragmatics, especially on conditionals/if-constructions, information structure, and the interrelation of discourse and context. In his dissertation he investigates if-constructions that are not interpreted as conditionals. The aim of this project is to gain a better understanding of why most if-constructions lend themselves so easily to a conditional reading. Additional areas of interests include cognitive science and theory of rationality, decision, and action.


  • Submitted. Being pragmatic about biscuits. (with María Biezma)
  • 2017. Laws for biscuits: Independence and Dependence in Conditionals. Proceedings of SALT 27.
  • 2017. Kontrafaktische Konditionale. In Schrenk (Ed.): Handbuch Metaphysik, Stuttgart, 400-407. (in German)
  • 2017. The pragmatic ingredients to get perfect biscuits. (with María Biezma) Proceedings of SuB 21.
  • 2016. Book Review: Robert C. Stalnaker ‘Context’. In Meixner/Newen (Eds.): Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy 19, Muenster, 247-255.

Talks and presentations

selection since 2015

  • (with María Biezma) ‘Am I a biscuit? Biscuits and wannabes’, Workshop on Biscuit Conditionals (Hamburg, October 2017)
  • ‘Conditional presuppositions and direction of dependence’, Modeling Causal Dependencies in Formal Semantics (Konstanz, May 2017)
  • ‘Laws for Biscuits: Independence and Dependence in Conditionals’, Semantics and Linguistic Theory (SALT) 27 (Maryland, 2017)
  • ‘Counterfactual resources in the interpretation of cookie conditionals’, Interdisciplinary Workshop on Counterfactual Reasoning, (Toronto, November 2016) (awarded Best Theoretical Poster)
  • (with María Biezma) ‘The pragmatic ingredients to get perfect biscuits’, Sinn und Bedeutung 21 (Edinburgh, September 2016)
  • (with María Biezma) ‘Perfecting biscuits’, XPrag Workshop ‘Rationality, Probability and Pragmatics’ (Berlin, May 2016)
  • ‘Relevant presuppositions: The proviso problem’, SOPhiA 2015 (Salzburg, September 2015)
  • ‘Indicative conditionals, probabilistic relevance, and discourse structure’, PhiLang 4 (Lodz, May 2015)