P1: Conditionals and Information Transfer
Wolfgang Spohn, P.I., Speaker
Wolfgang Spohn holds a chair for Philosophy and Philosophy of Science at the University of Konstanz since 1996. His interests are epistemology and philosophy of science, philosophy of mind and language, metaphysics and ontology, philosophical logics, and decision and game theory.
Eric Raidl is a postdoctoral fellow in the “What if ?” unit. After studying mathematical logics, he completed his PhD in philosophy (University Panthéon Sorbonne) with a dissertation on probabilistic revision theory. His current interests are in formal epistemology, reasoning and logic, philosophy of science and more recently game and decision theory.
P2: Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditionals: from Sentence to Discourse
Maribel Romero, P.I.
Maribel Romero is Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Her research areas are formal semantics (questions, intensionality, degrees), the pragmatics-semantics interface (epistemic bias) and the syntax-semantics interface (quantification, ellipsis). Her project in the research unit “What if?” investigates the compositional semantics and pragmatic implicatures of counterfactual conditionals.
David Krassnig obtained his MA degree from the University of Konstanz and is now a Ph.D student in the project P2 “Semantics and Pragmatics of Conditionals: from Sentence to Discourse”. He is working on Negative Polarity Items and (reverse) Sobel sequences and is particularly interested in theoretical semantics and pragmatics.
P3: Imagination and Counterfactual Knowledge
Tobias Rosefeldt, P.I.
Tobias Rosefeldt is Professor of Classical German Philosophy at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Historically, his interests are focused on Kant’s theoretical philosophy (esp. self-consciousness, transcendental idealism), early modern philosophy (esp. Descartes), early German Idealism. Systematically, he is interested in philosophy of language, metaphysics (esp. existence and existence claims) and meta-metaphysics.
Daniel Dohrn is a research fellow at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He completed his Ph.D. with a dissertation on Kant in 2001 and his habilitation on Descartes in 2006. Currently, his main interests are the metaphysics and epistemology of the modalities.
P5: Simulation and Counterfactual Reasoning in Neuroscience
Marcel Weber, P.I.
Marcel Weber holds a chair for the philosophy of science at Université de Genève. His areas of interest are philosophy of biology, general philosophy of science, epistemology and philosophy of mind.
Michal Hladky is a Ph.D. student at the department of philosophy of the University of Geneva. His domain of interests includes philosophy of science, epistemology, logic and philosophy of language.
P6: Modelling Counterfactual History in Soviet and post-Soviet Russia
Riccardo Nicolosi, P.I.
Riccardo Nicolosi is Professor of Slavic Literatures at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich. His main research interests are focused on Russian and South Slavic Literatures and Cultures, Literature and Science, Rhetoric. His project in the research unit “What If?” explores the connection between scientific thought experiments and literary fiction.
Brigitte Obermayr obtained her PhD from the University of Salzburg in Slavic Literature in 2002. From 2003-2015 she worked at Berlin Freie Universitaet in the interdiciplinary research project “Aesthetic Experience and the Dissolution of Artistic Limits”. In the “What if” project she explores counterfactual narrative in historical narration in Russian literature in the 20th century, focussing on modes of fictionality. Her current book-project is titled “Date-art. Experiencing time between fictionality and factuality.”
P7: Alternatives for the Future: On the Role of Real Possibilities and Historical Conditionals for Acting and Hypothetical and Counterfactual Thinking
Thomas Müller joined the department of philosophy at the University of Konstanz as a professor of theoretical philosophy in 2013. His main research areas are metaphysics, logic and philosophy of science. Currently his research focuses on modality, especially on the role of possibilities in the sciences and in the agency/free will debate.
Antje Rumberg is postdoctoral researcher in the ‘What If’ project. Her main research interests include the logic and metaphysics of historical and natural modalities.
P8: Conditionals and Discourse
María Biezma, P.I.
María Biezma is a Junior Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. Her main research focus is on formal pragmatics and semantics. Her project in the “What if?” unit investigates the interaction between conventional meaning and discourse.