Research

Tom Schoonen

Within the LoC project, I focus on the link between conceivability and modality, in particular, the relation between conceivability and (metaphysical) possibility.

In general, I am interested in meta-theoretical issues concerning the relation between (formal) theories and the world or phenomenon these theories are about or aim to model, as well as issues in metaphysics, philosophy of language, philosophy of mind, philosophical logic, and formal semantics.

My MSc Logic dissertation concerned an argument for the use of impossible worlds in formal semantics, based on a methodological argument and an argument from utility, which was supervised by Franz Berto and Paul Dekker (see the dissertation below).

My MSc MLEC dissertation was centred around Scott Soames' recent reductio argument against the conception of propostions as sets of truth-supporting circumstances and was supervised by Brian Rabern (see the dissertation below).

Publications

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Submitted. (final version)

Reasoning about Fiction
Logica Yearbook, forthcoming. [With F. Berto] (final version)

Noneism and Allism on the Objects of Thought
Journal of Logics and their applications, forthcoming. [With F. Berto] (preprint version)
(Special Issue: Tribute to Dale Jacquette, edited by John Woods)

Conceivability and Possibility: Some Dilemmas for Humeans
Synthese, forthcoming. [With F. Berto] (pdf)

Thinking the Impossible
MSc Thesis, 2016, Institute for Logic, Language, and Communication. (pdf)

Beliefs and 'Believes'
MSc Thesis, 2014, University of Edinburgh. (pdf)

Dissemination Corner - The Logic of Conceivability
The Reasoner, 11(10), 2017. (pdf)

Talks

Theories of Fiction: Meinongianism and Artifactual Theory
ECAP9, LMU Munich, August 2017

Reasoning in Fiction
Logica 2017, University of Prague, Hejnice, June 2017

Kung's Modal Epistemology
Conceivability and Modality, Sapienza University, Rome, June 2017

Thinking the Impossible
Master Thesis Defense, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, July 2016

Soames' Reductio against Unstructured Propositions
Master Thesis Conference, University of Edinburgh, July 2014

Variables, Direct References, and Unstructured Propositions
The Edinburgh Philosophy of Language Reading Group, July 2014

A step towards a unified theory of cognition
6th International Conference on Language, Culture and Mind, Marie Curie-Skłodowska University, June 2014

Variables, Direct Reference, and Unstructured Propositions
Poster Presenstation, 43th Language Lunch, University of Edinburgh, June 2014 (poster)

'Might' Gone Wrong
Postgraduate Philosophy Fest, University of Edinburgh, June 2014

2-Dimensional account of Counterfactuals
Work in Progress Seminar, University of Edinburgh, April 2014

Commentary on 'Precisely the Point: a survey of Supervaluationism' by Christopher Corrall
Undergraduate Dissertation Workshop (invited), University of Edinburgh, March 2014