Tom Schoonen

Room 2.16 (OTM 145)
Department of Philosophy
University of Amsterdam
Oude Turfmarkt 141-147
1012 GC Amsterdam

I am a teaching fellow at the Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation (ILLC) and at the Institute for Philosophy, University of Leiden. Before this, I completed a PhD at the same insitute, where I work on the ERC-project The Logic of Conceivability, supervised by Franz Berto, Arianna Betti, and Peter Hawke.

My PhD dissertation, Tales of Similarity and Imagination, can be found here. In it, I discuss and develop modest, empiricist epistemologies of possibility. I focus on imagination-based and similarity-based approaches to the epistemology of possibility and defend a non-exceptionalist epistemology of philosophical thought experiments.

Previously, I completed the MSc Logic at the ILLC; I worked as a Network Institute Academy Assistant for the 'Modelling Perspectives in Philosophy' research project with Arianna Betti and Piek Vossen; and I studied philosophy of language and philosophy of mind during the MSc Mind, Language, and Embodied Cognition at the University of Edinburgh.


On May 14th I will give a talk at the Durham Mind, Language, and Metaphysics conference on Kinds and Possibility.

From June 7th until June 9th, the Logic of Conceivability project will host this great conference. I will give a talk on Kinds and Possibility.

In the beginning of July, I will be giving at talk at the Philosophy and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence conference on Imagination, Decisions, and AI.