Tom Schoonen

Room 1.08 (OTM 141)
Department of Philosophy
University of Amsterdam
Oude Turfmarkt 141-143
1012 GC Amsterdam

I am a Ph.D. candidate at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation (ILLC), where I work on the ERC-project The Logic of Conceivability, supervised by Franz Berto, Arianna Betti, and Peter Hawke. Within the project, I focus on the link between conceivability and modality, in particular, the relation between conceivability and (metaphysical) possibility. The Logic of Conceivability project runs a bi-weekly seminar with talks on relevant literature or works in progress. You can find the programme here.

Together with Martin Lipman I set up the Amsterdam Metaphysics Seminar at the Philosophy Department of the University of Amsterdam, where we discuss contemporary metaphysics (or anything related). If you are in town and would like to visit or give a talk, please feel free to contact us!

Previously, I completed the MSc Logic at the ILLC and I also worked as a Network Institute Academy Assistant for the 'Modelling Perspectives in Philosophy' research project with Arianna Betti and Piek Vossen. In this project we tried to extract perspectives from philosophical texts, using computational techniques from Natural Language Processing, with Quine's Word and Object as a case study.

Before this, I studied philosophy of language and philosophy of mind during the MSc Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition at the University of Edinburgh.


May 2018
I'll be presenting something on imagination and modal epistemology at the Dublin Graduate Philosophy Conference in the beginning of May this year.

June 2018
On June 1st, Peter and I will be presenting something on thought-experiments at the Edouard Machery workshop in Amsterdam.

On June 28th-30th, Peter and I will be presenting something on thought-experiments at the European Epistemology Network conference at the VU.