Concluding Conference „The Many What Ifs“

University of Konstanz (October 11-13, 2018)

The concluding conference „The Many What Ifs“ of the DFG research unit „What if?“ will take place at the University of Konstanz on October 11-13, 2018


The interdisciplinary conference will feature six keynote talks as well as six collaborative talks by members of the research group, followed by a comment by an established researcher in the field.


The conference will start on Thursday, October 11 in the morning and end on Saturday, October 13 around noon.


Thursday, October 11 (Room: Senatssaal V 1001)

09.00 - 09.15  Wolfgang Spohn - Welcome and Introduction

09.15 - 10.45  Antje Rumberg (P7) & Sven Lauer (Associate)

   What if, and when? Conditionals, Tense, and Branching Time

   Comment: Stefan Kaufmann 

11.00 - 12.00  Katrin Schulz

   Conditionals, Causality and Conditional Probability 

   Joint work with Robert van Rooij

12.00 - 13.30  Lunch 

13.30 - 14.30  Sabine Iatridou 

    What Non-Conditionals Can Tell Us about Conditionals

   Joint work with Kai von Fintel

14.45 - 16.15  María Biezma (P8) & Arno Goebel (PZ)

    Interpreting `if p, q’

   Comment: Cleo Condoravdi 

16.30 - 17.30  Sonja Smets 

   A Semantic Modal View on Ramsey’s Test

Friday, October 12 (Room: A 703)

09.15 - 10.45  Eric Raidl (P1) & Niels Olsen (Associate)

   Ranking Theoretic Semantics for Conditionals

   Comment: Franz Huber 

11.00 - 12.00  Boris Kment 

   Why We Reason Counterfactually

12.00 - 13.30  Lunch

13.30 - 14.30  Georg Witte

   Repetition as Intervention: Counterfactual Historical Novels as Fictitious


14.45 - 16.15  Daniel Dohrn (P3) & Brigitte Obermayr (P6)

   Historical Counterfactuals in Literature and Philosophy

   Comment: Dorothee Birke 

16.30 - 17.30  Johannes Roessler 

   The Role of Counterfactuals in Belief Understanding

Saturday, October 13 (Room: A 703)

09.30 - 11.00  Brian Leahy (P2) & Eva Rafetseder (Mercator Fellow)

   On the Development of Counterfactual Reasoning

   Comment: Josef Perner 

11.15 - 12.45  Thomas Müller (P7) & Paul Ziche (Mercator Fellow)

   Empiricist Necessity and Novel Objects: Moritz Pasch and Hans Vaihinger

   in Context

   Comment: Dirk Schlimm 



The conference takes place at the University of Konstanz in rooms V 1001 (Thursday, October 11) and A 703 (Friday and Saturday, October 12-13).
Here you find information on getting to the university campus.


Participation is free of charge; but registration is required. In order to register, please send an email (with your name and your affiliation) to themanywhatifs[AT]uni-konstanz[dot]de by September 20, 2018.